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Shannen Doherty Settles Cancer Lawsuit Against Former Manager

Shannen Doherty has reached a settlement against her former business manager. Doherty alleged her former manager’s failure to pay Shannen’s healthcare premium resulted in a delayed diagnosis of Doherty’s breast cancer. According to People, lawyers for Shannen and former business management team Tanner, Mainstain, Glynn & Johnson, filed settlement paperwork for the lawsuit on Friday in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The news of Doherty’s settlement comes as a surprise when just last week, lawyers representing the management team argued that Shannen wasn’t as sick as she appeared to be and had attempted to force Doherty to give a longer than usual deposition. Though Shannen’s initial lawsuit requested the amount of $15 million, the actual sum that Doherty and her former manager agreed to in the settlement is confidential.

Shannen filed the lawsuit against Tanner, Mainstain, Glynn & Johnson in 2015 when she discovered that she had breast cancer. Doherty claimed that she had put off a routine breast screening because of a lapse in her medical insurance through SAG. Just recently, Shannen divulged that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Doherty is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation in an effort to beat the cancer. Shannen underwent a mastectomy in May.

Doherty made headlines last month when she bravely shared photos of one of her friends shaving Shannen’s head. Doherty said it was a therapeutic way for her to come to terms with the hair loss caused by the cancer treatment.

Since revealing her cancer battle, Shannen has gotten support from multiple celebrities including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ashton Kutcher, and even estranged former castmates including Alyssa Milano and Jason Priestley, as previously reported by TheInquisitr.

Shannen Doherty found fame at an early age with roles in Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy. Shannen’s big leap to stardom, however, came by way of the role of Brenda Walsh in the wildly successful Beverly Hill, 90210. Unfortunately, Doherty’s off-screen antics and Brenda’s onscreen whining led to the character eventually being written off the show and Shannen parting ways with the original 90210. Rumors of fights between Doherty and her castmates, however, didn’t keep Shannen from reprising the role of Brenda on the short-lived remake of the series in 2008.

Shannen went on to find more success portraying one of three sisters on the cult classic Charmed. Teamed up with Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano for three seasons, Doherty once again fell victim to the rumor mill of being too difficult to work with and was let go. Charmed would go on for five more seasons without Shannen.

Despite Shannen Doherty’s reputation in Hollywood, she still was able to find a steady stream of work, not only as an actress but as a producer and director. Shannen has struggled, however, to find work since her cancer diagnosis in 2015. At the time, according to Daily Mail, Doherty told Dr. Oz:

“It’s affected it. I think that people think that I’m ‘sick’. And therefore I’m unable to perform and what will I be like on a set, and will I remember my lines, and will I be able to make it every single day. And the answer is yes of course!”

Despite her eagerness to work, however, Shannen admittedly has struggled even to get out of bed more recently as she was undergoing her cancer treatment. Though Doherty has yet to release a statement on the settlement, she has been very vocal this past week about how thankful she is for the support of her mother, husband, friends, and fans. Shannen’s recent social media posts include tender moments with her support system, as well as thank-you notes Doherty has received from others who are also battling cancer.

Between the loss of income and the increasing medical bills, Doherty’s settlement with her former managers hopefully means that Shannen can rest a little easier and focus on the most important thing of all — her health.

[Image by Brad Barket/Getty Images.]

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