‘90210’ ac­tress Shan­nen Do­herty is su­ing State Farm, bat­tling can­cer

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shan­nen Do­herty is bat­tling a re­cur­rence of breast can­cer that has pro­gressed to stage four, telling fans “it’s a bit­ter pill to swal­low.”

“I def­i­nitely have days where I say, ‘Why me?’ And then I go, ‘Well, why not me? Who else? Who else be­sides me de­serves this?’ None of us do,” Do­herty told “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” on Tues­day. “I don’t think I’ve pro­cessed it. It’s a bit­ter pill to swal­low in a lot of ways.”

The ac­tress from “Charmed” and “Bev­erly Hills, 90210” first re­vealed she had breast can­cer in 2015 and charted her bat­tle with the dis­ease and its re­mis­sion on so­cial me­dia.

She said one rea­son she came for­ward to say it has re­turned is be­cause her health con­di­tions could come out in court. The ac­tress has sued in­sur­ance gi­ant State Farm af­ter her Cal­i­for­nia home was dam­aged in a fire in 2018.

“I’d rather peo­ple hear it from me. I don’t want it to be twisted. I don’t want it to be a court doc­u­ment. I want it to be real and au­then­tic,” Do­herty said. “I want peo­ple to know from me, I just didn’t want them to know yet.”

In a court fil­ing Tues­day, her lawyers ar­gue Do­herty has been forced to pay out of pocket for losses she be­lieves should be cov­ered by her in­sur­ance pol­icy. “Plain­tiff Shan­nen Do­herty is dy­ing of stage 4 ter­mi­nal can­cer. In­stead of liv­ing out her re­main­ing years peace­fully in her home, Ms. Do­herty re­mains dis­placed and bat­tling with her in­sur­ance com­pany,” they ar­gue.

“We em­pathize with Ms. Do­herty’s health is­sues and wish her a full re­cov­ery,” State Farm said in a state­ment. “We strongly be­lieve we have up­held our com­mit­ment to our cus­tomer and have paid what we owe on this claim. We are pre­pared to de­fend our po­si­tion in court.”


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