Yellowstone actress Q’orianka Kilcher has been accused of employee’s compensation fraud after allegedly claiming incapacity advantages regardless of engaged on the Paramount+ sequence.
“An investigation by the California Department of Insurance found Kilcher allegedly broke the law in collecting over $90,000 in disability benefits,” the division mentioned in a press launch shared with KTLA on Monday, July 11.
The Alienist actress, 32, allegedly injured her neck and shoulder while filming Dora and the Lost City of Gold in October 2018 and although she acquired medical remedy for the damage, she reportedly stopped seeing a physician shortly afterward. The division claims that Kilcher then contacted the insurance coverage firm once more one yr later, claiming that she wanted extra remedy and was forced to turn down work due to lingering pain.
Though the New World star started receiving momentary complete incapacity advantages following that dialog, investigators claim that she worked on Yellowstone from July to October 2019 regardless of claiming that she had been too injured to work in the yr following the incident.
“According to records, she [then] returned to the doctor and started receiving disability benefits five days after last working on the show,” officers alleged in an announcement. The doctor who examined the activist additionally said that if that they had been conscious of her employment historical past, they’d not have granted the incapacity funds. Per the report, Kilcher allegedly acquired $96,838 in undeserved incapacity advantages from October 14, 2019 by way of September 9, 2021.
Kilcher turned herself in to authorities and was arraigned on the costs in May. Her subsequent court docket date is scheduled for August 7. Though she has not publicly commented on the investigation, Kilcher’s legal professional, Michael Becker, advised the Associated Press that she would “vigorously defend herself” towards the costs.
“Third-party doctors verified her injury and entitlement to benefits. Ms. Kilcher was at all times candid with her doctors and treatment providers…and she never intentionally accepted benefits that she did not believe she was entitled to,” he mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday, July 12. “[Kilcher will] vigorously defend herself and asks that she be afforded the presumption of innocence both in and outside the courthouse.”
Kilcher performed Angela Blue Thunder reverse Kevin Costner for 4 episodes of Yellowstone, which aired in the autumn of 2020. “It’s such an amazing, strong role that is written for a Native American woman,” she advised Decider in November 2020 about her position. “I was just so honored. It was pretty badass to come on to the show and be able to do a role like that.”
She continued: “She is a really strong voice because she is somebody who wants to do things in the right way. That’s her goal in life. She wants to go back to her community, even though she’s tried to leave the past behind. However, when she returns, she does so in a very strong way because she wants to make a difference. She wants to get the land back for her people. That’s what drives her.”