‘Charmed’ Star Shannen Doherty Has Breast Cancer
Shannen Doherty just revealed she has breast cancer in one of the strangest ways: with a lawsuit.
The former Charmed star revealed this devastating news in Los Angeles Supreme Court today, August 19, in court documents claiming she had “invasive breast cancer.” The suit alleges Tanner Mainstain, her former financial services company, allowed her to go uninsured, delaying her from obtaining a diagnosis earlier.
Cutting through the legal jargon, Shannen claims she employed Tanner Mainstain to keep up her health premiums obtained through the Screen Actors Guild, but they allowed coverage to lapse without notifying the 44-year-old actress. Shannen and Tanner Mainstain ended their working relationship in February 2014.
Shannen re-enrolled into her SAG insurance for 2015 and that’s when she was given her cancer diagnosis.
“Plaintiff was also informed that, had she been insured and able to visit her doctor, the cancer could potentially have been stopped, thus obviating the need for future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that Plaintiff will likely have to suffer through now,” The Hollywood Reporter notes, quoting the legal documents.
In addition, Shannen says there are “strange” things in the backlogs of when she worked with Tanner Mainstain. Her husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, has a separate but similar lawsuit.
As for how she’s doing during this time, Shannen just has one thing to say to her fans:
Just know.... I love you allShannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) August 19, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shannen as we wish her a speedy recovery.