William Shatner is being sued for $170million – around £150million – by a man who claims to be his son. Peter Sloan alleges that his mother Kathy McNeil had a short affair with the Star Trek star while they were working together in Toronto, Page Six reports. The late Canadian actress gave Peter up for adoption five days after his birth.
Now, radio host Peter has filed a suit demanding that William takes a DNA test and stop claiming that he isn't his father. William, 85, meanwhile totally denies that Peter is his son.
William Shatner is being sued for $170million in a paternity suit
In the lawsuit, Peter states that he met with the actor on the set of TJ Hooker in 1984, and that William initially "admitted he was the plaintiff's father". But he says a few days later, he was contacted by a representative for William who said the star was "totally denying paternity at this point" and would not take a DNA test. Peter claims he was asked not to go public with his claims as it "could be horrendous" for the actor.
In 2009, Peter says he met William again at a public meet-and-greet. He started a website at petershatner.com and started going by the name Peter Shatner in 2011 on his radio show.
That same year, he received a letter from William's lawyer, which according to court documents read in part: "There have been many people over the years who have claimed to be his children or other relatives.
Peter Sloan alleged that the 85-year-old actor is his father
"He is an incredibly busy, eighty-year-old man and is not interested in spending time discussing this issue with you or any such individuals."
Peter accuses William of getting his Twitter account shut down, and having IMDB remove a page about a project he was working on, which he says hurt his business opportunities.
He is seeking $30million in compensatory damages, $90million in punitive damages and $50million in pain and suffering.