Actress Shannen Doherty is allegedly refusing to let her doctor be grilled under oath in the ongoing court battle over damage damage to her Malibu mansion.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, State Farm Insurance has rushed to court demanding a judge step in.
Doherty sued State Farm accusing them of refusing to cover her claims relating to damage done by the Woolsey Fire. The insurance company denies all allegations of wrongdoing. The case is headed to trial in the near future.
In newly filed court documents, State Farm claims, “As of September 11, 2019, State Farm has paid benefits totaling $1,084,948.01 to clean and repair plaintiff’s home and personal property, and for temporary housing and furniture rental. Although State Farm paid for the damage to plaintiff’s home, personal property, and for temporary housing and furniture rental, plaintiff nevertheless alleges she is entitled to additional benefits under her Homeowner’s Policy.”
They claim to have requested a site inspection of her home, months after the fire ended. State Farm claims Doherty has given them the run around and has yet to allow them to access the home damage.
Further, they claim both Doherty’s husband, Kurt Iswarienko, of refusing to sit for a deposition in the case.
“On November 19, 2019, State Farm asked Iswarienko on four instances whether he would appear at his deposition or whether alternative dates were available. Each inquiry was met with a vague response, and Iswarienko, for the first time, represented that State Farm’s desire to depose him was “harassing”.
They accuse Doherty of refusing to produce relevant medical records from her physician Dr. Piro. The motion states, “After State Farm made repeated attempts to confirm the deposition of Dr. Piro, plaintiff’s counsel advised that it was representing Dr. Piro in connection with subpoena and that objections would be served.”
State Farm states,” plaintiff has fed State Farm a variety of false promises and has caused irreparable damage and prejudice. In addition, plaintiff continues to use her medical condition as a sword in this action yet is actively shielding State Farm’s multiple requests for Dr. Piro’s medical records and deposition in order to vet the veracity of her allegations. In fact, as of recently, plaintiff is only willing to provide a declaration from Dr. Piro—which prevents State Farm from conducting any examination of the witness. This disruptive discovery approach cannot be permitted, particularly given plaintiff’s repeated representations that such discovery would be permitted and the fact that Dr. Piro is listed on her initial disclosures.”
A judge has yet to rule.