A newly-released video reportedly catches renowned ‘Star Trek’ star Nichelle Nichols screaming for help as her adult son tries to take her home.
Nichols’ longtime manager and friend, Gilbert Bell, reportedly sent the footage to WGCL and said it showed Nichols, 86, reviewing court documents that were filed by her son, Kyle Johnson, in an attempt to gain control of her estate.
“I’m the boss of me, Gill, he’s not the boss of me,” she’s heard saying. “I didn’t give permission to have conservatorship over me. I didn’t know what he was doing.”
The incident appears to turn hostile when Johnson presumably enters the room and tells Nichols that it’s time to leave, leading the actress to hurl expletives, threats, and release blood-curdling screams.
“You get your hands off me. You’re trying to get rid of me!” Nichols appears to yell.
TMZ reported that Johnson was granted conservatorship over Nichols a year earlier—around the time she was diagnosed with dementia. Johnson reportedly told the court that he needed conservatorship as others close to his mother were trying to financially exploit her.
WGCL reported that the footage was turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. However, an official investigation hasn’t been started.
Meanwhile, Bell and another close friend, Angelique Fawcette, told People that they don’t trust Johnson to care for his mother. In court documents protesting his bid for guardianship, Fawcette accused Johnson of planning to put Nichols in a rest home so he could “gain ownership and possession over her income, home, and other property.”
Now, she believes, Johnson will keep Nichols’ loved ones away from her.
“Now that I’ve spoken out, he’s not going to let me see her,” she told the news outlet. “I’ll just have to go back to court to fight for my visitation rights. I just hope that she’s okay.”
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