Tampa Florida resident Peter Sloan, fed-up after thirty years of denials, has now filed a lawsuit against William Shatner demanding a paternity DNA test.
In addition, Sloan wants $170 million in damages for “libel, defamation, tortious interference, and slander.”
According to Sloan, in 1956, Sloan’s mother Kathy Burt (now deceased) and Shatner were “up-and-coming thespians” in Toronto appearing in a Canadian version of Howdy Doody. An invitation to her apartment led to Sloan’s conception.
But Burt didn’t tell Shatner about the baby, giving him up for adoption. Sloan claims that Burt told him that his biological father was Shatner and that she had told Shatner about the baby back in 1962.
Sloan is angered at the denials, including one by Shatner’s publicist, who said last year that “This person has fraudulently portrayed himself as Mr. Shatner’s son for years,” as well as “malicious, libelous and slanderous statements about the Plaintiff on Facebook and Twitter” by Shatner’s social media director. In addition, Shatner himself denied paternity during an appearance on The Mike Calta Show, a local radio show in Tampa.
Sloan’s suit asks for $30 million in compensatory damages, $90 million for punitive damages, and $50 million for pain and suffering. In addition, the suit also demands that Shatner “cease and desist” from saying he’s not Sloan’s biological father.
“All I have asked for is a DNA test,” said Sloan, “and I am still asking for one.”
Source: The Tampa Tribune