“Star Trek” icon Nichelle Nichols can be heard screaming for help during a recording that was reportedly taken during an intense interaction with her son.
The 86-year-old actress has reportedly been suffering from dementia and is currently embroiled in a conservatorship battle with her son, Atlanta’s CBS 46 said in an exclusive report Tuesday. The troubling footage was taken by Gilbert Bell, who says he's Nichol's manager and friend, on April 23, and he then provided the video to the station and claimed that it showed Nichols’ reaction to seeing, for the first time, court documents her son filed regarding the control of her estate, according to the station.
"I'm the boss of me, Gil, he's not the boss of me,” Nichols says at one point.
She can also be heard saying, “I didn’t give permission to have conservatorship over me. I didn't know what he was doing.”
Later in the video, Nichols’ son enters the room to put an end to the meeting and try to take her home, according to the station. Things then get heated, with Nichols screaming at the top of her lungs and yelling, “You get your hands off of me.”
“You're trying to get rid of me,” she also yells.
The outlet has reported the incident to the Los Angeles Police Department, and while an investigation has not been announced, Bell told CBS 46 that a detective would be interviewing Nichols.
Nichols’ son did not comment on the video when contacted by the station but he disputed the notion that his mother has a management team.
Nichols’ diagnosis became public knowledge in August, with court documents claiming that the Hollywood legend had been diagnosed with “moderate progressive dementia,” E! News reports. News of her diagnosis came three years after she suffered a mild stroke at her home.
The actress broke TV barriers while starring as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original “Star Trek” in the 1960s, when she and co-star William Shatner shared an interracial kiss on-screen.
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