A spokesperson for the ‘Star Trek’ actor denied the allegations
William Shatner is being sued for $170m (£118m) by a man who claims to be his son.
The plaintiff, Peter Sloan, alleges that the 85-year-old actor had a brief fling with his mother, late Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, who gave him up for adoption aged five.
Sloan has requested that Shatner take a DNA test and claims that he previously “admitted he was the plaintiff’s father”, reports the New York Post.
The lawsuit, filed in Florida, claims that Shatner made the comment when Sloan met him on the set of police drama TV series T.J. Hooker and that a representative for the star subsequently contacted him and said he was “totally denying paternity at this point”.
He alleges the rep also told him: “Don’t go public… [as it] could be horrendous for [William].”
A rep for the actor has denied the allegations, insisting: “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.”
Shatner has been married to Elizabeth Martin since 2001 and has three daughters from his first marriage to Gloria Rand.
The actor played Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, voiced the characters in the animated series and also appeared in various Star Trek movies.