EntertainmentShannen Doherty lashes out at media amid cancer battle and divorce

Shannen Doherty lashes out at media amid cancer battle and divorce

Shannen Doherty has been battling cancer for several years.
Shannen Doherty has been battling cancer for several years.
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9:49 AM EDT, May 29, 2024

Shannen Doherty, an actress known for her roles in the TV series "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed," has been battling cancer for nearly a decade. Just when it seemed like the treatment was working, the disease struck again. Despite this, the star remains professionally active. She also has to contend with relentless media coverage in such a difficult situation.

Doherty received the terrible diagnosis in 2015. After a single mastectomy, chemotherapy, and a series of radiation treatments, it seemed she had won the battle. Unfortunately, at the end of 2019, breast cancer returned with terrifying force, leading to metastases in her spine and lymph nodes. In 2023, it also spread to her brain.

The actress cannot find peace in her private life either. In April last year, she filed for divorce due to the infidelity of her third husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko. Recently, she shared a message on Instagram that she received from a media outlet. "I’m tired. As if fighting stage 4 cancer. A divorce, exhaustion isn’t enough, I have to fight disgusting, sleazy publications," she wrote in the post.

Shannen Doherty's patience has run out. "This is my last warning"

In her latest social media post, the actress shared a screenshot of a message from a reporter at the gossip site In Touch Weekly. According to the message, the journalist asked her to comment on information from anonymous sources. "Sources tell In Touch that Shannen Doherty is determined to fight Kurt Iswarienko over spousal support and property division, despite her illness. Sources add that Shannen Doherty does not want to pay him 'any more than she has to'", the email reads. The star decided to respond publicly.

"We told them the story is not true (...) and to be blunt, it is no one’s business except mine if I choose to share. One would think that they would have enough humanity to leave me to fight much bigger issues like cancer as opposed to them. I’m giving a last warning to publications like these…. I will absolutely sue you. I will go after everyone who has a "source" which they do not do due diligence on," Doherty raged on Instagram.

In the rest of the post, she addressed the media. "Stop writing about me. Stop spreading your disinformation. Go earn a living in a respectable way. Do not do it at my expense because my patience with the lies you put out is gone and I will dedicate energy to go after you and shut you up once and for all. Most of us actors,entertainers etc, got into this business to create and to bring joy to ourselves and others. That does NOT give permission to be a target as we deserve privacy just like anyone else. So please STOP. I would very much like to use any energy I have to fight the toughest fight of my life," the actress wrote.

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