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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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31.

xcalibur    

LOL, ANYONE EVER SEEN MARC CHERRY? SMFH. THE MIDDLE AGED FAT BALDING MUTHA EFFER. I CAN SEE THIS A-HOLE TRYING TO CONTROL EVERYTHING SINCE HE SUCKS IN EVERYTHING ELSE IN HIS LIFE. USUALLY CONTROL FREAKS ABUSE THEIR POWER TO COMPENSATE FOR OTHER SHIET THEY MISSING. IN THIS CASE LOOKS AND A DECENT PERSONALITY.

1560 days ago
32.

danfleikd    

I believe her.

Hollywood Reporter:

http://thresq.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/04/nicollete-sheridan-lawsuit-claims-desperate-housewives-creator-assaulted-her.html

UPDATE: ABC Studios just gave us the following statement: “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.” Cherry could not be reached.

1560 days ago
33.

TV Gord    

Apparently she has made these allegations to ABC before, so this is just the next step. She tried to settle through other means, but now she has to take 'em to court. I'm not sure which side to believe.

1560 days ago
34.

Lippy Loo    

She needs to sue the doctor that gave her those fake ugly boobs.

1560 days ago
35.

danfleikd    

Remember this from Marc Cherry. He was a bastard back then commenting on Nicolette Sheridan. He was being a biyatch, little big man snydrome.

http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/04/14/why-nicollette-sheridan-was-killed-off-desperate-housewives/

Cherry, however, says Edie (and Sheridan’s) time was up on the show.

“Edie’s already slept with most of the guys on the street and has caused about as many problems as she could,” he says.

Also, “There has been tremendous pressure put on me to cut costs…the network is saying to all the shows, ‘The company is really hurting financially. You must find a way to produce these shows more cheaply.” (With Sheridan gone, Housewives will save an estimated $100-200,000 per episode, according to TV Guide magazine.)

Still, he does acknowledge that the show will see a new bombshell — but don’t expect an Edie 2.0.

“We will find a new kind of sexiness coming through Wisteria Lane. What I won’t do is cast another fortysomething sexy blonde,” he says. “Nicollette Sheridan] performed the aging neighborhood tramp better than anyone has ever done before.” –Lesley Messer

1560 days ago
36.

danfleikd    

And ya just KNOW ABC is going to side with the tubster, Marc Cherry.

1560 days ago
37.

TIA    

She actually looks really good for her age if you ask me. I sat next to her once at Spago in the early '90's. It was back when she was dating Harry Hamlin. They were with another couple (someone who did dance/music videos) and they were talking about some vacation they were going on and how they like to take their own sheets. Anyway, she was really pretty and seemed genuinely nice when I was talking to her friend.

1560 days ago
38.

Jill    

These ladies cost millions for the producers, that's why they kill them. CNN is commenting something on this ( watch live via LoggTV.com )

1560 days ago
39.

KIM    

Since they killed her off the show I hardly watch anymore. She added spice to it. The show is boring without her.

1560 days ago
40.

Kitty    

I totally believe her on this one. After seeing Cherry, he certainly looks the type-fat, balding and effiminate. Of course ABC investigated and found nothing to it-the show's still making money for them, apparently. I've heard too much about Hollywood cover-ups to believe that bunch of liberal jerks would ever do the right thing. I mean it's just a little harassment and abuse isn't it? No big deal to those a h o l e s.

1560 days ago
41.

Woody McBreairty    

Nicole should be glad she got that job, because before that show she was out of work, out of luck & out of recognition. I think she is still pretty but she does not have star quality of such a magnitude that she can write her own ticket in Hollywood - she can't. But I do like her

1560 days ago
42.

airstreamingypsy    

He should have killed off Susan, the biggest moron on TV.

Nicolette and I have a mutal friend and I emailed him and he said it's true.

I believe her.

1560 days ago
43.

K-Lo    

23 years older & 23 years better looking!!!!!

1560 days ago
44.

K-Lo    

At 1st glance they look the same which is awesome for Nicolette to look so good. They are both pretty & seem cool also.

1560 days ago
45.

Eliza    

Why aren't black and Asian lobbyists protesting Cherry and ABC for not hiring minority actors? Clearly there's a problem there.

1560 days ago
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