Nicollette Sheridan is suing the ‘Desperate Housewives’ creator for $20
million for assault!
The 46-year-old actress – who portrayed maneater estate agent Edie Britt in
the US show – filed a lawsuit against TV executive Marc Cherry at the Los
Angeles Superior Court yesterday (05.04.10) which claimed she was hit in the
face by him in September 2008 and then sacked after she complained.
She is also suing for battery and gender violence and the legal documents
claim her dismissal resulted “in her losing millions in future earnings”.
According to the lawsuit “Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with
his hand across her face and head” when Nicollette queried a line in the
After the actress walked off to her trailer, the producer apparently ran
after her to “beg forgiveness”.
Nicollette claims she was sacked from the programme after she reported the
incident to ABC Studios – who produce the series with Cherry Productions,
which is owned by the 48-year-old writer-and-producer.
The lawsuit also states how Nicollette apparently tried to meet with the
show boss in 2008 to “discuss his negative demeanour towards her and to
discuss whether he had a problem with her work”.
The blonde actress’ departure was announced in February 2009, and she was
killed-off from the programme in series five, when her alter-ego died in a
Discussing her departure, her lawyer said: “It is exceptionally unusual for
a popular character to be killed off or written out of a television series
unless the actor has requested to be released from his or her contract.
“The decision to kill off Sheridan’s character demonstrates that Cherry and
ABC intended to and did retaliate against Sheridan for her complaints about
Cherry… None of the female characters had ever before been killed off or
written out of the show.”
A spokesperson from ABC Studios said: “While we have yet to see the actual
complaint, we investigated similar claims made by Ms. Sheridan last year and
found them to be without merit.”
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