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Sheridan: 'Housewives' Creator Attacked Me

4/5/2010 8:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicollette Sheridan has sued Marc Cherry, the creator of "Desperate Housewives," alleging he struck her across the head and face on the set, and after she complained he fired her.

In the legal papers, obtained by TMZ, Nicollette is suing for assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination.

Sheridan is suing for more than $20 million.

In the lawsuit, Sheridan claims Cherry created a hostile work environment from the get go, "behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show."

Sheridan says during the 5th season, Cherry put her in his crosshairs. She claims on September 24, 2008, he physically assaulted her after she questioned him about something in the script. According to the lawsuit, "Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head."

According to the suit, after the alleged incident, Cherry went to her trailer to "beg forgiveness."

Sheridan says she immediately reported the incident to ABC, but Cherry's aggressiveness only worsened and ABC failed to take action.

And get this ... The suit alleges when Cherry found out Teri Hatcher went above his head to complain about him, he said, "I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies."

And, she says, she was killed off the show unfairly.

UPDATE: ABC tells the L.A. Times "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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oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

oh oh, she does seem like a massive biatch, hmm, wonder if Gloria is busy, she might take her case on! omglmao

1569 days ago
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Curt Howard    

First! She is a horrible actress any way

1569 days ago
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Robyn    

Is someone running low on the cash flow?

1569 days ago
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B.    

To Bad..

1569 days ago
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jm    

WHY DID THEY KILL EDIE!!!

1569 days ago
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JLS    

I don't know quite why, but I believe her. Abuse, whether emotional or physical should not be tolerated. I've know of her for decades and she is not the hysterical or reckless type. I believe her. I'm sorry for what took place, Nicolette. You deserve better.

1569 days ago
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Me    

She was fired from that show? That shows how little I watch or pay attention to that show. The show "jumped the shark" a long time ago!

1569 days ago
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kiki    

THAT IS SO CRAZY...I ACTUALLY HEARD FROM PEOPLE WHO WORK THE SHOW REGULARLY SAID THAT NICOLLETTE WAS THE ONLY NICE PERSON ON THE SHOW WHO SPOKE TO EVERYBODY WHILE THE OTHER MAIN FEMALE STARS WERE MAJOR B*T*HES....I'VE BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION WHERE MEN TRY TO USE THEIR POWER IN THE INDUSTRY TO GET WHATEVER THEY WANT & PEOPLE ARE TOO SCARED TO SAY SOMETHING...I'M SICK OF THIS HAPPENING.

GO GET EM' NICLLETTE...DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO...

1569 days ago
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jfp    

only women watch this crap and if they keep watching I hope they all get man-handled.

1569 days ago
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THINK TANK    

I`ve seen and been on many abad sets.Powerclub gay males harrassing anyone and everyone IS the hollywood set of today.Most AD`s DA`s can however function but it is always a punching bag.Walked off to many sets to list them all SOME VERY BIG A ho`s in the biz still harrass me to the day with flash mobs poohpas and real mobsters.THE ONE THING is the only real thing..they are the flakes and fakes I keep my head above it all and I fn don`t need thier dime or thier sets.If i could ever get a friendly set I would be back at work but the unions don`t work at way as they acn post your bedroom pixs on SNL and get you booted from the union after stealing millions worth of art and than still steal it all for life from soundscan and so on and than say it`s all for the jews defences.

1569 days ago
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Chris    

I would find this a lot more credible if she had sued him for striking her a year ago... why wait 18 months???

1569 days ago
12.

Ben    

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1569 days ago
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Jeff    

Nicollette, will you have lunch with me after the Masters?

1569 days ago
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THINK TANK    

Howard Hughes DAD had it and filmed even our home movies in eye max 3D just as he did the french line BUT hollywood ripped that covered it all up and still uses all those inventions even today so Howard Hughes`s knew how bad hollywood sets were and he was never seen in any movie but he could act his tassy doff.

1569 days ago
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MightyMad    

Completely believe her... and I'm not even sure why.

Mark Cherry does sound like an abusive boss, so there it is... plus, it's weird that he ended up killing off one of the most interesting characters on his show - and that's saying something, since I didn't even like Edie!

1569 days ago
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