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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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Down Town    

They need to bring Edie back...She was great on the show.

1630 days ago

Thunder Thighs    

She is a liar. If this was ture she would have made it public when it happened. never happened. She is a washed up bitch

1630 days ago


Sorry Nicollette, I call BS on your claim. If it was true, why did you wait two years to finally mention this? Is it because you can't act and have nothing in the works? If this did happen, I believe we would have heard about it two years ago as I mentioned before. Also, Desperate Housewives sucks! I loved it when it first came out, but then it just became a piece of crap. Who watches this gargage?

1630 days ago


She is pissed she got written of the show. I don't buy it. A 19 year old girl just entering the business might get slapped and take it, but she is a middle aged woman, she would have handled it then and there and handed that man his balls, from previous reports she is a real....well you get the idea.

1630 days ago


This skank wont win anything . A year late a dollor short..Too late for sorrows.

1630 days ago


If this is true, I'm behind Nicollette 100%. Marc Cherry is one of those hollywood gay elite that wants to be the diva but can't, cause he has a face for radio. Hollywood is all about the ego, the more money there is, the bigger the head. Hollywood needs to revert back to artistry, and leave the egotists out. takes months, sometimes years to put a case together for litigation.

1630 days ago


Why wait all this time? I guess the judge must wonder.

1630 days ago


Let's hope she wins on both counts which will teach not only Cherry but ABC as well a lesson. It will leave a bitter taste in their mouths but they asked for it. As for Nicollette, one can only hope she will find another good role to sink her teeth into. No one should have to subject themselves to that kind of treatment. Good for you!!!

1630 days ago

My Gosh ! ! !    

Yes, I believe her. She is a very nice person. Don't talk if you don't actually know her.

1630 days ago

Just sayin'    

Really Nicollette?
And WHY is it you are JUST NOW COMING FORWARD????

Bull Sh*t. Pure Bull Sh*t.

1630 days ago


Marc Cherry has been a loyal friend to my in-law for more than 20 years. I have met him more than once - and have visited the DESPERATE set. He is kind, sweet, caring... and protects those in his life.

While none of us were there and only time will reveal whether or not Nicolette Sheridan is telling the truth, my only experience with her was not impressive. She was dismissive and rude to waiters and condescending to everyone at a party, as if the event and world revolve around her. She fancies herself above the chaff.

1630 days ago

dave meccariello    

I might have a real problem with ABC's dismissive attitude over this allegation. This is serious stuff. ABC and their advertisers are public corporations and I take issue with serious allegations of workforce violence and harrassment. Star or not, if this guy Cherry laid his hand on an employee that is a serious serious problem and I have a problem with ABC' "blowing that off" and a bigger problem if advertisers dont step up and show their displeasure

1630 days ago


I believe her.

I live and work in Hollywood.

The stories about Marc being abusive and capricious have been out there for several years.

Good for her for suing him.

1629 days ago


First of all, simple question: why does one have to click on a confirmation email after they make on TMZ? That's weird and a PIA.

Here's Nicollette's lawyer: He sounds impressive.

They have asked for a trial jury if you look at the official filing docs. online.

1627 days ago

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