Shannen Doherty Settles Cancer Lawsuit With Former Management Over Lapsed Health Insurance
By Raphael Chestang
Shannen Doherty has ended her legal battle with her former management firm, according to documents obtained by ET.
The 45-year-old actress sued Tanner Mainstain, claiming that Mainstain allowed her insurance coverage to lapse, which she says kept her from a regular checkup and thus caused her cancer to go undiagnosed.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star landed a settlement in the $15 million suit, but the amount is undisclosed.
"I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes," Doherty told ET exclusively last month. "So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I'll do radiation."
After her diagnosis, Doherty had a single mastectomy in May.
Doherty's complaint claimed that "had she been insured and able to visit her doctor, the cancer could potentially have been stopped, thus obviating the need for the future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that Plaintiff will likely have to suffer through now."
"The unknown is always the scariest part," she told ET. "Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work? You know, am I going to have to go through this again, or am I going to get secondary cancer? Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know living without a breast is manageable, it's the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love."
Her lawyer, Devin McRae, gave a statement to ET, saying, "The relationship between a business manager and its client is based on trust, in honesty and competence. That trust was violated here, and we hope that the defendants will correct it in a responsible manner."
Last year, the management firm also issued a statement to ET, which read, "Tanner Mainstain is saddened to learn that Ms. Doherty is suffering from cancer and wishes her a full recovery. However, the claim that Tanner Mainstain caused her to be uninsured, prevented her from seeking medical care, or somehow contributed to her cancer is patently false. Tanner Mainstain will aggressively defend all of Ms. Doherty's claims in court."