“Yellowstone" actor Q’orianka Kilcher has been charged with illegally collecting nearly US$97,000 in disability benefits while working on the TV show, authorities announced Monday.
Kilcher, 32, of North Hollywood, is charged with two felony counts of workers' compensation insurance fraud, according to a statement from the California Department of Insurance.
Kilcher in 2020 played Angela Blue Thunder for four episodes of the Paramount Network Western, which stars Kevin Costner.
She also portrayed Pocahontas in the 2005 movie “The New World” and was in 2019's “Dora and the Lost City of Gold."
“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 will “vigorously defend herself and asks that she be afforded the presumption of innocence both in and outside the courthouse," Becker said.