It looks like art is imitating life for Shannen Doherty. Or at least, kind of. Everyone remembers that epic Beverly Hills, 90210 episode in which Brenda Walsh found a lump in her breast and had a bit of a cancer scare. Turns out that in real life, Doherty is now going through a similar problem and the diagnosis isn’t as good.
The actress revealed — in court — that earlier this year she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. So why in court? Well, apparently the disease spread during a period where Doherty found herself without medical insurance thanks to a reported gaff by her former management company. Had she been insured, the former Charmed star claims she could have visited her doctor earlier and stopped the disease from spreading.
“In November 2013, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) sent the premium invoice to Tanner Mainstain for Plaintiff’s medical insurance coverage for the year 2014,” the complaint, as first obtained by The Hollywood Reporter reads. “However, Defendants ignored it, failed to pay it (without informing Plaintiff) and then promptly terminated their relationship with [Doherty] effective February 7, 2014.”
It wasn’t until Doherty renewed her membership with SAG that the actress was able to obtain insurance again, which is when she started going to the doctor’s and learned that the cancer had spread. Now, it looks as though a mastectomy and chemotherapy are in her future.
Health comes first, but that isn’t the only thing Doherty is accusing the management company of in the suit. She also claims that accounting records have shown unexplained transfers to people she did not know, unreasonably high management fees, a missed tax payment and more.
This is the same company that James Franco claimed took his money, although that case settled.
Doherty’s husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, has launched a suit of his own against the company, claiming that it failed to make payments on a mortgage loan, that resulted in foreclosure.
Where is Jim Walsh and his expert advice when you need it?