Actor George Takei has taken issue with former Star Trek co-star William Shatner over a bitter video the latter has posted online.
Shatner poked fun at his former castmate's decision to 'come out' as a gay man, and called Takei "sad" and "sick" for not inviting him to his same-sex marriage ceremony last month (Sep08).
In the video, posted on YouTube.com, the acting icon said, "The whole thing makes me feel badly. The poor man, there's such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there's a psychosis there.
"I literally don't know him... but he's continued to speak badly about me for all these years. You'd think there would be an epiphany at some point where George might have said, 'Poor Bill Shatner, he is such a lonely, desperate, unhappy man that he did all these terrible things to me...' when I said hello or something... but instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding."
But Takei insists he did invite Shatner to his wedding, stating, "It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend."
A spokesman for Takei adds, "Mr. Shatner was invited to the wedding (through his manager Larry Thompson) when invitations were mailed out in July. In June, when George Takei and Brad Altman received their license to marry, there was media speculation that Mr. Shatner would not be invited to the wedding, yet invitations had not been sent out at that time.
"On July 21, after the invitations had been mailed, Mr. Takei and Mr. Altman were interviewed on TV Guide Channel's Watercooler programme and Mr. Takei first broke the exclusive news: 'Most of the invitations have been sent out, and Bill is amongst them'."