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"Star Trek" actor William Shatner said a woman suing him for palimony is a former friend trying to make some money off his stardom.

Vira Montes, 28, contends in a lawsuit filed by celebrity divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson that she was the 58-year-old Shatner's "companion, confidante and homemaker" from 1984 until earlier this month.

"It's a shame this had to happen," Shatner said in a statement released Thursday. "The case she presents is ridiculous. She was a friend whom I tried to help. Someone obviously got to her and convinced her that she could possibly make a killing by suing me."

Shatner, on vacation with his wife, Marcy, and three daughters, was unavailable for further comment, said his publicist, Cheryl Kagan.

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