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Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played the role of Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series in the 1960s, is allegedly heard screaming for help in an audio obtained by an Atlanta news station.
Nichols, now 86 years old and reportedly suffering from dementia, is embroiled in a custody battle that goes to her son, Atlanta’s WGCL-TV reported Tuesday night.
“You get your hands off of me! You are trying to get rid of me!” said a voice from Nichols heard screaming on the recording, according to the report.
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“You get your hands off of me! You are trying to get rid of me!”
— Voice on the audio recording, said to be that of Nichelle Nichols
Loud squealing, allegedly by Nichols, is also to be heard on the audio, that was recorded on the 23rd of April, the station reported.
The station says Gilbert Bell, an old friend of Nichols, included video-and audio-in which Nichols allegedly discusses her son’s efforts to take control of her estate.
“I am the boss of me, Gil. He is not the boss of me,” said a voice from Nichols is heard saying at a given moment, the station reported.
Nichelle Nichols appears at a “Star Trek” convention in Rosemont, Illinois, June 8, 2014. (Associated Press)
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Later the voice is heard to say: “I did not give permission to have conservatorship over me. I didn’t know what he was doing.”
Following the report, Los Angeles Police Department detectives visited the star at home and interviewed her and her son, Tuesday evening, the station reported.
Nichelle Nichols is seen as Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek.” (Associated Press)
Nichols has other health problems in recent years. In 2015, she was struck by a mild stroke.
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During the third season of “Star Trek,” Nichols and series star William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk, made TELEVISION history when they shared a horny kiss.
A season earlier, Nichols was convinced to stay on the series after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. praised her for helping to break racial stereotypes with her portrayal of Lt. Uhura.