Pioneering actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her breakthrough role on Star Trek is involved in a bitter, three-way conservatorship battle.
According to multiple reports, the 88-year-old is at the center of a messy legal battle over her finances and personal affairs between her son and former manager, Gilbert Bell.
Nichols, who made history in 1966, becoming the first Black woman to star in a primetime show after being cast as Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, was diagnosed with dementia in 2018. Her son, Kyle Johnson, successfully filed for conservatorship over her affairs after accusing Bell of exploiting the actress and living in a guest house on the property for over 10 years.
In addition to her son and former manager, Nichols’ friend Angelique Fawcette has also petitioned to be Nichols’ conservator, arguing the actresses should live out the rest of her life in the home she purchased in 1983.
The legal battle between the three parties has been ongoing for three years now, with lawsuits and accusations being thrown around in court, each accusing the other of ill-intentions involving Nichols' care.
Conservatorships and their complicated legal nature became a trending debate this year as pop star Britney Spears publicly dealt with her own battle against her father.