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State Farm Insurance Accuses Shannen Doherty of Using Cancer Diagnosis For 'Sympathy'

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By Robin Burks

State Farm Insurance has accused actress Shannen Doherty of using her recent stage 4 cancer diagnosis to garner 'sympathy,' and get more of a pay-out in a lawsuit that she has filed against the company. The lawsuit concerns a fire at her Malibu home and the insurance company's refusal to pay the full amount for repairs that Doherty claims the house currently needs. Doherty, however, refused to turn over her medical records to the court, citing that she was worried about them getting leaked to the public.

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Doherty's latest cancer diagnosis

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To get ahead of her medical records becoming public, Doherty recently came forward to announce that she had stage 4 cancer. This is her second bout with cancer: the actress' first diagnosis came in 2015 when she learned she had breast cancer. After a period of treatment, though, Doherty announced that she was in remission in 2017. However, she recently appeared on Good Morning America to announce the cancer had returned, something that she called "a bitter pill to swallow."

Friends and fans lend support

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Doherty has received an outpouring of love and support from her friends and fans. Her Beverly Hills 90210 stars sent nothing but well wishes for Doherty and her struggle with the terminal disease. Tori Spelling reached out to say, "Sending lots of love, support, and animal vibes to make you smile."

Doherty's Charmed co-stars, also reached out to lend their words of peace and strength. Alyssa Milano posted a tribute to Doherty on Instagram that read: "Holding you tight in my heart."

State Farm Insurance is less supportive

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However, State Farm Insurance is less than supportive about Doherty revealing her latest diagnosis. The company accused the actress of using the diagnosis to gain "sympathy" for her case. State Farm claims that she is using her condition to get a bigger payout in her lawsuit. According to Page Six, new court documents recently filed claim that she plans to “garner sympathy by her contention that State Farm must rebuild her entire house."

The documents also read:

“Plaintiff improperly claims she is entitled to have her entire home rebuilt at a cost of $2.7 million because she has breast cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

State Farm's position

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State Farm alleges that Doherty's home wasn't as damaged as the actress claims. Instead, the company insists that her house only suffered from smoke damage, which doesn't require as much repair as Doherty has insisted. It also argued that it has already paid the actress $1 million to cover remediation and to have the home professionally cleaned. That cost also reportedly covered a temporary place for Doherty to live.

With that being said, though, it still seems crude that the company would accuse Doherty of using a cancer diagnosis to get a bigger payout.

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