In court documents published by Page Six, Peter Sloan claims his biological mother, Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, had a short affair with Shatner while they were working together in Toronto. The late actress gave Sloan up for adoption five days after his birth.
Shatner has denied he is Sloan’s father, according to court documents.
According to the lawsuit, Sloan met Shatner in 1984 on the Burbank, California set of T.J. Hooker, and Sloan claims the actor admitted to being his father and invited him to return to the set the next week.
The lawsuit claims that after Sloan returned home to New Jersey, he contacted Shatner by phone, but the actor allegedly seemed agitated and hung up. Days later, Sloan was allegedly contacted by someone on behalf of Shatner, who told Sloan the actor was denying paternity and would not take a DNA test. Sloan was asked not to go public with his claims, as it “could be horrendous for” the actor.
In 2009, Sloan says he met Shatner again at a public meet-and-greet. He started a website at petershatner.com and began going by the name Peter Shatner in 2011 for a local CBS radio show. In 2011, he received a letter from Shatner’s lawyer, which according to court documents read in part: “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.”
Sloan accuses Shatner of getting Twitter to shut down his account and having IMDB Pro remove a page about a project he was working on, which Sloan alleges hurt his business opportunities.
He seeks $30 million in compensatory damages, $90 million in punitive damages and $50 million in pain and suffering.
A rep for Shatner did not return a request for comment.