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Valerie Harper

Sued By Broadway Honcho

How Dare You Get Brain Cancer During My Play!

4/27/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Not only did Valerie Harper have the nerve to get cancer without telling the bigwigs behind her recent Broadway play ... she had the audacity to let it spread to her brain, causing her to forget her lines ... this according to the most tasteless lawsuit we've ever read.

Playwright Matthew Lombardo and the producers behind his Broadway production of "Looped" are suing Harper for $2 million, claiming she intentionally failed to notify them in 2012 that her cancer had returned with a vengeance ... all in a sinister plot to keep her job.

According to the lawsuit, Harper couldn't keep the ruse going for long -- Lombardo and co. claim her evil plan fell apart when she began to forget her lines and slur her speech during rehearsals.

Lombardo claims the director urged Harper to see a doctor, which she did -- and it was during that visit that she discovered her lung cancer had spread to her brain.

Harper was forced to pull out of the show due to her health issues -- no duh -- and according to the lawsuit, she selfishly left Lombardo scrambling to find a suitable replacement. At the time, Harper was given just months to live.

Lombardo claims the inconvenience cost him $500,000. He also wants an additional $1.5 million to punish Harper for her heinous misdeeds.

Worth noting, Lombardo filed his lawsuit in response to one filed by Harper, in which she claims Lombardo failed to pay the remainder of her contract despite her illness.

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Dog And Pony    

Hey, Mr Lombardo, are you claiming that you and the producers of your suckass play failed to do your due diligence and get all of your big name talent full physicals before signing them to their contracts?

You fail, Mr Lombardo. You fail.

187 days ago
2.

Dog And Pony    

PS, Mr Lombardo, don't you have insurance to cover just this sort of thing? There are policies for headliners not being able to continue their performances due to illness. If yes, then you're just being a major douche. If not, you fail again!

187 days ago
3.

bart    

Mr. Lombardo your are a worm. Fair warning I hope no actor or actress works for you. You are a worthless piece of you know what. You just made yourself look like the creepiest main town.

187 days ago
4.

kali    

Hey loser, KARMA. Heard of it? I'll bet you will.

187 days ago
5.

spader    

Ironic that everyone is going to soon have a hard time remembering the name Matthew Lombardo.

187 days ago
6.

TMZCrazy    

Gee, have a heart.

187 days ago
7.

J    

Tmz's calling out someone ELSE for being tasteless ?!?! Now THERE'S a switch.....but it is, you're right.

187 days ago
8.

Just_Me    

Wow.....azzwipes!

187 days ago
9.

Jordan    

As much as I doubt the Severity of Her Cancer, this Lawsuit has to be the Dumbest one since Michael Jacksons Mother sued AEG.

187 days ago
10.

Franc    

You may not like it but he has a point. But that's why he should have had insurance. You don't say if he did.

187 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

It sounds a little mean until you get to the last paragraph. The man has the right to defend himself.

187 days ago
12.

just sayin    

Please post a picture of this worm, TMZ. We would love to know exactly who this guy is

187 days ago
13.

allieoop    

This guy is an ass.

187 days ago
14.

HRH Prince Michael    

Every time I see this beautiful woman, I feel like I'm
10-years-old again...Thank-you Rhoda!

Stay Blessed. Valerie Harper!

187 days ago
15.

franklyspeaking    

She's awesome.

187 days ago
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