William Shatner Sued For $170 Million By Peter Sloan, Man Claiming To Be Son
William Shatner is being sued for $170 million by a man who claims to be his son.
Peter Sloan, who also goes by Peter Shatner, claims his late mother, the Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, had a short affair with Shatner in Toronto nearly 60 years ago. McNeil placed Sloan up for adoption at five days old. He says he met Shatner in 1984 on the set of “T.J. Hooker,” and the “Star Trek” actor “admitted” he was his father and treated him warmly.
Sloan alleges, however, when he spoke with Shatner’s rep a week later, the spokesperson said the actor was denying the paternity and refused a DNA test. The plaintiff says he was warned not to go public for the sake of Shatner’s reputation. The two men again crossed paths at a meet-and-greet in 2011, after which Sloan began going by the name Peter Shatner professionally, most notably with a CBS radio show in Florida.
Sloan claims he received a letter from Shatner’s attorney again denying the paternity, after which his camp allegedly had his Twitter page shut down, as well as a movie page from IMDB removed. Now, in addition to the $170 million for libel, slander, defamation, and pain and suffering, Sloan is seeking a DNA test from Shatner, and demanding he stop denying they are father and son. The lawsuit calls for a jury trial.
Shatner’s rep tells the New York Post, which first obtained the legal documents, “Mr. Shatner has three lovely daughters, but no sons… Mr. Shatner is aware of the lawsuit, but there’s nothing there because he isn’t his father.” Interestingly, the 85-year-old star currently has this old tweet pinned to the top of his Twitter page: “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.”
He has not commented on the lawsuit, though he most recently denied the validity of the claims in a January interview. Sloan, now 59, posted the above photo on his Facebook page last year.