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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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MightyMad    

Why does the image on the post change every 3 minutes?

Just pick one already TMZ.

1626 days ago
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defogged    

Good for her for speaking out! This goes on a lot more than Im sure we could imagine, physical violence, various types of manipulation because in hwood these days work is sparse and even more so for actresses who dont play along. She's already felt a partial backlash in losing her role, wanna bet she finds it hard to get any other work for a good long while...

1626 days ago
18.

Scroomy    

Why did she wait so long to bring it out? She's just blowing smoke. I guess her bank account is runnning low. Just thinking?

1626 days ago
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homer    

The show was already declining but killing off Edie totally wrecked it. The show needed her. i hope she prevails, Cherry sounds like an awful person.

1626 days ago
20.

crazylady    

who cares, edies gone and good riddance

1626 days ago
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Samantha    

This is WHY Neil Fifer kicked this one to the curb! To poster #2 - save that 'First!' crap for Hilton's page you loser. 'First' being anonymous on a public blog site. HOPEFULLY you'll set your goals in life slightly a bit higher! As for this story... she was struck in 2008 and didn't go to the police then? LOL! This will get laughed out of court!!! And how does an 'actor' prove wrongful dismissal? They're fired every day of the year.

1626 days ago
22.

sparkey    

Walt would have personally escorted him off the lot with a swift kick on the backside and NOBODY would have said a word about it.

1626 days ago
23.

dasanimet    

This is serious allegations. However, she was fired long time ago. What took her so long to file a suit. She was fired almost 2 years ago..

1626 days ago
24.

mike    

Wow, those housewife shows always crack me up. Those women have nothing to do all day long except try and create drama...it's no wonder the get into trouble...

1626 days ago
25.

Spike    

He was just trying to slap some acting talent into her.

1626 days ago
26.

Spike    

It's hard to miss Michael Jackson when his identical twin Teri Hatcher is on tv every Sunday night.

1626 days ago
27.

Rae    

I know several on this show and the stories about him are unbelievable. I always wondered how long it would be before someone reported him.

1626 days ago
28.

Bubbles    

I totally believe her. Hollywood is an extremely sexist, racist place. They treat everyone like crap, and they always get away with it.

1626 days ago
29.

something smells    

Marc Cherry is a big homo. He's know to hit people all the time.

1626 days ago
30.

Diane    

She wasn't fired off the show for now reason - she STUNK on it- always did. She never was a housewife (until marrying that sicko Dave)the last season or two. $20 million? Not worth it. I'd let myself get slapped silly if it meant I'd get $20 million! Get a life Edie. Why wasn't this brought up before now? Are you hurting for money and need to make up a little "script" of your own?

1626 days ago
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