A federal judge in Florida has dismissed a $170 million lawsuit by a 59-year-old man claiming that William Shatner is his father, reports WFTV news.
According to Page Six, Peter Michael Sloan, who at one point went by the name Peter Shatner, filed the lawsuit on March 25, 2016, asking Shatner to undergo a DNA test to prove paternity.
In the suit, Sloan claimed that his birth mother, late Canadian actress Kathy McNeil, had an affair with the Star Trek actor in Toronto and that she gave him up for adoption when he was five days old.
The lawsuit claims Sloan met Shatner on the set of T.J. Hooker in Burbank, California, and alleges Shatner admitted to being Sloan’s father. Shatner and his representatives denied that claim.
Shortly after that meeting, Sloan registered the Web domain petershatner.com and began a local CBS radio show in 2011 under the name Peter Shatner.
That same year, Shatner’s attorney Erik Hyman sent a letter to Sloan, which read in part:
I had another conversation with Bill, who 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 or any such individuals.
In his ruling, the judge said Sloan’s lawsuit was “a rambling recitation of various alleged meetings, letters, articles, radio transcripts and internet posts.”
He added that the suit “fails to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and fails to assert any discernible basis for the relief sought against the named defendants.”
The judge has given Sloan until February 28 to file an updated complaint.
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