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Actor Testifies About Death Threats

January 10, 1991 GMT

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) _ Actor Chad Everett testified that a woman who allegedly has harassed him for 18 years left death threats on his telephone answering machine.

″I took it very seriously. So did investigators,″ the former ″Medical Center″ television star said Wednesday.

Everett was the first witness to testify in the Municipal Court misdemeanor trial of Sheila Scott, a 58-year-old Hollywood woman charged with threatening Everett. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Scott identified herself in some of the more than 100 calls she made to his business phone, Everett said. In a taped message Aug. 26 or Aug. 27, the actor testified, the woman said she would kill him and his wife.

One of three taped messages played in court contained death threats.

″I am personally going to kill you both,″ the recording said, after referring to Everett and his wife.

Everett said Scott has been calling his answering machine and writing letters to him and family members for about 18 years in a long-running dispute in which she claims her son, Dale, was fathered by Everett.

She has lost a previous paternity trial.

Scott testified that she didn’t make a threatening phone call.

Everett, 64, is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Joe Gannon on TV’s ″Medical Center″ from 1969 to 1976.