Shannen Doherty's 2015 cancer diagnosis: The lawsuit and the strength that inspired many
Dive into a nostalgic look back at 2015 when Shannen Doherty revealed her breast cancer diagnosis and the subsequent lawsuit against her former management firm.
Pete Doherty (Source: Daily Star)
Eight years ago, the entertainment world was rocked by the revelation that "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum, Shannen Doherty, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news was not only a shock to her fans but also came with a whirlwind of legal battles and allegations against her former management firm. As we approach the end of 2023, let's revisit this tumultuous chapter in Doherty's life and the controversies that surrounded it.
Shannen's diagnosis and the lawsuit that followed
In a statement to People, Doherty confirmed that she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. However, the diagnosis was not the only bombshell. Doherty filed a lawsuit against her former management firm, Tanner, Mainstain, Glynn & Johnson, and its ex-partner Steven D. Blatt. The suit was riddled with accusations, including breach of contract, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty. "In the lawsuit, Doherty calls the situation 'a case about crooked business managers' and accuses them of 'fleecing' celebrities."
The crux of the lawsuit revolved around the firm's alleged failure to pay Doherty's Screen Actors Guild medical insurance premiums for 2014. This lapse in payment led to the cancellation of her coverage. Doherty claimed that due to this negligence, she couldn't see a doctor during that period. By March 2015, her diagnosis revealed that the cancer had spread, which might have been detected earlier with timely medical intervention.
The emotional and physical toll
The lawsuit painted a grim picture of Doherty's health, stating that she might have to undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy. "The former 'Charmed' star claims in the suit that now she’ll probably have to get a mastectomy and undergo chemotherapy, which she potentially could have avoided had the cancer been caught sooner." The emotional distress caused by the spread of the cancer, coupled with the financial strain of medical bills, added to Doherty's ordeal.
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The management firm, in response to the allegations, expressed sadness over Doherty's diagnosis but firmly denied any wrongdoing. They stated that the claim that their negligence contributed to her cancer was "patently false."
A legacy of strength and resilience
Today, as we look back, Shannen Doherty's battle with cancer and her fight for justice serves as a testament to her resilience and determination. While the legal battles and health challenges were undoubtedly daunting, Doherty's story remains an inspiration for many, reminding us of the strength of the human spirit.
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