Q’orianka Kilcher is reprising her role as attorney Angela Blue Thunder for season five of Kevin Costner’s western drama series Yellowstone that’s been dubbed ‘anti-woke’ by some critics.
Kilcher’s return to the hit show comes amid her workers’ compensation fraud case, where she’s accused of collecting disability benefits, even though she was able to work.
Just this past Sunday, the Paramount Network released the first teaser for the much-anticipated new season that promised ‘all will be revealed’ when the drama unfolds at the glorious ranch.
She’s back! Q’orianka Kilcher, 32, is returning to the hit Western series Yellowstone for the upcoming season five, amid her her workers’ compensation fraud case, where she’s accused of collecting disability benefits, even though she was able to work
Kilcher’s character Angela, a tribal lawyer, was last seen in season three finale, where she was recruited by Rainwater to help put up roadblocks to Market Equities’ plans to develop Montana, a
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Sharing a rare common goal, Rainwater and John aligned themselves, and pooled their resources, suggesting that Rainwater’s go-to weapon, Angela, team up with the Duttons.
By the time season four wrapped up, Beth (Kelly Reilly) had done such a good job thwarting Market Equities that Caroline promised to send her to prison for corporate espionage.
All the cut-throat drama is a perfect set up to bring Angela back into the fold for season five, which would likely include her teaming up with Beth once again
Real-life drama: Kilcher was charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud after collecting nearly $97,000 in disability benefits, the California Department of Insurance announced in July, as reported by Entertainment Weekly
The announcement of Q’Orianka’s return to the popular Western series comes nearly two months after her real-life drama was revealed by the California Department Of Insurance.
In July, the actress was charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud after collecting nearly $97,000 in disability benefits, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In a statement to , her attorney, Michael Becker, maintained the actress plans to ‘vigorously defend herself and asks that she be afforded the presumption of innocence both in and outside the courthouse.’
Kilcher, 32, allegedly injured her neck and right shoulder while working on the film Dora And The Lost City of Gold in October 2018. She saw a doctor that year but stopped treatment and did not respond to the insurance company handling her claim, according to CDI.
A year later, Kilcher allegedly told a doctor handling the insurance claim that she had been offered work but couldn’t take it because of severe neck pain from her injury.
In all, she received $96,838 in temporary disability benefits between 2019 and 2021.
The injury: Kilcher allegedly injured her neck and right shoulder while working on the film Dora And The Lost City of Gold in October 2018; the actress is pictured in a scene from the movie
But after an investigation, it was discovered that Kilcher had actually worked on Yellowstone for several months in 2019, which was during the period of time that she claimed to be disabled by her injuries, the insurance department claims.
‘According to records, she returned to the doctor and started receiving disability benefits five days after last working on the show,’ the statement said.
Kilcher ended up surrendering to authorities and was arraigned on the fraud charges in May.
The German-born star’s attorney said she was hurt while riding as a passenger in a production vehicle.
‘Third-party doctors verified her injury and entitlement to benefits. Ms. Kilcher was at all times candid with her doctors and treatment providers, Becker said, adding, ‘And she never intentionally accepted benefits that she did not believe she was entitled to.’
Discrepancy: A year after her alleged injury, Kilcher allegedly told a doctor handling the insurance claim that she had been offered work but couldn’t take it because of severe neck pain from her injury, although the CDI claims she worked on the series during that time
The fifth season of Yellowstone will be split into two installments of seven episodes each.
Several cast members have been promoted from recurring to series-regular status, including: Wendy Moniz (Governor Perry), Jennifer Landon (Teeter), Mo Brings Plenty (Mo) and Kathryn Kelly (Emily).
Plus, Josh Lucas (John Dutton), Kylie Rogers (Beth Dutton) and Kyle Red Silverstein (Rip Wheeler) will be back once again to play the younger versions of their characters.
Other newcomers will include the likes of Kai Caster (Rowdy), Lainey Wilson (Abby), Dawn Oliveri (Sarah Atwood) and Lil Kay (Clara Brewer).
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