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William Shatner Sued for $170 Million By Man Claiming to Be His Son

by Rande Iaboni 1:40 PM PDT, March 29, 2016
Playing William Shatner Sued for $170 Million By Man Claiming to Be His Son

William Shatner is being sued for $170 million by a man claiming to be the long-lost son of the famous 'Star Trek' actor, according to a lawsuit filed in Florida and obtained by ET.

In addition to the financial demands, Peter Sloan, who now goes by Peter Shatner, filed the suit requesting the 85-year-old submit a DNA test to prove he is his biological father, the lawsuit states.

Sloan, 59, spoke to ET and claimed his birth mother was late Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, and that she told him she had an affair with Shatner that resulted in a pregnancy. Sloan alleges she gave him up for adoption when he was five days old.

"Over the course of many years, I have done a lot of research and confirmation and everything is obviously in place," Sloan told ET.

Sloan went on to detail an alleged encounter in which he and Shatner met back in 1984.

"I came out to California and met him in the trailer while he was shooting 'T.J. Hooker' and I explained my story to him," Sloan claimed.

"He asked, 'What is it that you want?' and I said, 'All I want is just to hold my father in my arms.' He started to cry, I started to cry, he lifted me up and held me in his arms," Sloan alleged.

Sloan claims that after their first encounter, Shatner invited him to visit the television set to spend some time together, which Sloan happily obliged to. However, after about a week's time, Sloan claims things changed.

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"I called him and he became very disconcerted and basically hung up on me," Sloan alleged.

"I got a call from a man claiming to represent him saying why he [Shatner] had to take this position and that it would be devastating for him [Shatner] and me if I went public with this," Sloan added. "He said they don't disbelieve me and if I were a minor it would be different."

After that supposed conversation, Sloan claims Shatner has since denied the allegations.

In the lawsuit, Sloan included a letter he claims was sent to him in 2011 from Shatner's attorney, Erik Hyman.

The letter in question read, "I had another conversation with Bill [Shatner], who confirmed to me once again that he is not your father. There have been many people over the years who have claimed to be his children or other relatives. 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."

ET reached out to Hyman for a response to the allegations but he had no comment.

"I have begged him for a paternity test since 1984 multiple times," Sloan said.

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"His attorney had called me asking why I was posing as Peter Shatner and I said this is the only thing that I am taking from my father. It is my birth right name," Sloan said.

As a result, Sloan also claims that his Twitter and IMDBpro accounts associated with the name "Peter Shatner" were shut down.

Photo: PeterShatner.com

Sloan launched his own website, PeterShatner.com, where he details his search for his father, in addition to showcasing two images of him and Shatner together that were taken at a meet-and-greet event in 2011. Sloan described the meeting to ET as "emotional."

Meanwhile, Shatner pinned his own tweet from May 2015 to the top of his Twitter feed which states, "My children are my life. I have three kids in total; Leslie, Lisabeth & Melanie. They are my reason to get up & live each day to the fullest."

ET reached out to personal representatives for Shatner but have not yet received a response.

Recently, Shatner sat down with ET to exclusively discuss the loss of his longtime friend and 'Star Trek' co-star Leonard Nimoy in the video below.

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