THE LOS ANGELES – Authorities stated on Monday that “Yellowstone” star Q’orianka Kilcher has been accused with fraudulently receiving roughly US$97,000 in disability benefits while working on the TV programme.
According to a statement from the California Department of Insurance, Kilcher, 32, of North Hollywood, is accused of two felonies related to fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation insurance.
In 2020, Kilcher appeared in four episodes of the Kevin Costner-starring Western on the Paramount Network as Angela Blue Thunder. The insurance division claimed that Kilcher had neck and right shoulder injuries while working on “Dora” in October 2018. According to a statement from the insurance department, a year after her injury, Kilcher told a doctor managing her insurance claim that she had been offered job but was unable to accept it due to excruciating neck pain
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Kilcher received $96,838 in temporary disability benefits from 2019 to 2021. Kilcher, however, was later found to have worked on “Yellowstone” for a number of months in 2019 despite her claims to be disabled, the government said. Five days after she last worked on the show, documents show that she went back to the doctor and began claiming disability payments. The statement added that Kilcher turned himself in and was charged in May.
Michael Becker, Kilcher’s lawyer, claimed in a statement that Kilcher was harmed while riding as a passenger in a production car. “Third-party physicians attested to her injury and eligibility for compensation. Ms. Kilcher was always open and honest with her medical professionals…and she never purposefully accepted advantages that she did not think she was entitled to, according to Becker. According to Becker, Kilcher would “vigorously defend herself and beg to be given the assumption of innocence both inside and outside the courthouse.”