William Shatner has been sued for $170 million by a man claiming to be his son. Peter Sloan, 59, filed the libel, defamation and slander civil lawsuit last week against Shatner, 85, in Florida, according to an article on Monday by Page Six. The lawsuit demanded that Shatner submit to a DNA test to confirm paternity and cease claiming that he’s not Sloan’s father.Shatner has denied that Sloan is his son and the actor’s attorneys have sent Sloan letters asking him to stop using the Shatner name.
Sloan stated in his lawsuit that he met Shatner in 1984 on the set of his TV series T J Hooker and the actor initially ‘admitted he was the plaintiff’s father.
A representative for Shatner a few days later called Sloan and said that Shatner was ‘totally denying paternity at this point’ and also was refusing a DNA test, according to the lawsuit.
Sloan later registered the Web domain petershatner.com and started a radio show in 2011 under the name Peter Shatner, court documents said.
Shatner’s lawyer Eric Hyman wrote to Sloan in November 2011 and said the actor “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, 80-year-old man, and is not interested in spending time discussing this issue with you.”
Sloan in his lawsuit alleged that his Peter Shatner account on Twitter was shutdown for violating its impersonation policy and his Internet Movie Database account also was removed.
The lawsuit was seeking $30 million in compensatory damages, $90 million in punitive damages and $50 million for pain and suffering.
“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,” a representative told Page Six.
The Canadian actor has been married four times and has daughters Leslie, Lisabeth and Melanie from his first marriage to Canadian actress Gloria Rand.
Shatner has been married since 2001 to Elizabeth Martin.
He remains best known for his portrayal of USS Enterprise commander Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek franchise. — dailymail.