“If they wanted to take legal action they may have to take a DNA test and they know what it would say.”
Hollywood stars are big targets from all sorts of people looking to settle lawsuits and make fast cash or even a name for themselves, and William Shatner of Star Trek fame is no stranger to such controversy.
For decades, 85-year-old Shatner has had people claiming to be his illegitimate children or distant relatives, but no one has been more persistent than 59-year-old Peter Sloan, who goes by the name Peter Shatner.
Sloan insists that William Shatner is his father, and though he has used the actor’s name and identity for his own personal gain, Sloan has now brought a $170 million paternity suit against him.
Here’s what Shatner’s representative had to say…
Best known for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, William Shatner has been a popular actor for decades, famous for his attractiveness in his early years.
Shatner has been married four times. He has been with his current wife, Elizabeth, since 2001. He has three daughters (Leslie, Lisabeth, and Melanie) from his first wife, the Canadian actress Gloria Rand, but according to his representative, he definitively does NOT have a son.
And yet, Peter Sloan, originally of New York, will not drop the claim that he is Shatner’s son, the product of a one night stand in 1956.
Peter alleges that his mother, the late Canadian actress Kathy Burt, had a one night stand with Shatner in March 1956, and that he born without the actor’s knowledge and then given up for adoption. He reconnected with his mother in 1984, and that is when she first told him that he could be Shatner’s son.
“I am William Shatner’s son,” said Sloan, “I wish my father would acknowledge me, but I cannot force him to.”