Shannen Doherty Reveals She Has Breast Cancer in Lawsuit Against Former Management Firm

Shannen Doherty has made a heartbreaking announcement: she has breast cancer.

The news has come out in a lawsuit against her former business management firm, which she alleges neglected to pay her health insurance premium, and ultimately is to blame for the severity of her cancer.

Doherty is suing Tanner, Mainstain, Glynn & Johnson, a company to whom she used to pay 5% of her earnings in return for managing her finances (which includes paying her health insurance premiums to SAG), but parted with in 2014.

In 2014, the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress alleges the firm ignored an invoice and her health insurance premium went unpaid, thus her policy was cancelled and she was not able to re-enroll until 2015. During that year, she claims she didn’t regularly visit the doctor.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the company then fired her and she was left uninsured, which she didn’t realize. The complaint reads:

In November 2013, SAG sent the premium invoice to Tanner Mainstain for Plaintiff’s medical insurance coverage for the year 2014. However, Defendants ignored it, failed to pay it (without informing Plaintiff) and then promptly terminated their relationship with [Doherty] effective February 7, 2014.

Then when she got her health insurance back and visited the doctor in March 2015, the doctor discovered “invasive breast cancer metastatic to at least one lymph node,” which had spread in 2014. In her lawsuit, Doherty claims that her mastectomy and chemotherapy procedures could have been avoided, had she visited the doctor last year and caught the cancer earlier.

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 the future treatment (including mastectomy and chemotherapy) that Plaintiff will likely have to suffer through now.

The complaint steps further into how the management company breaches contract and has fishy business transactions.

In truth, the firm and former partner [Steven] Blatt specialize in fleecing actors and entertainment industry professionals. After gaining control of all of their clients’ cash and assets, they find a way to lose it, sometimes by gross incompetence, sometimes by self-dealing and outright theft. Along the way, they habitually deceive their clients, going so far as to set up bogus transactions, to conceal their misdeeds, errors and omissions. The firm has hallmarks of a Ponzi scheme.