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Nicollette Sheridan Sues ABC & 'Housewives' Creator Marc Cherry

Nicollette Sheridan Sues ABC & 'Housewives' Creator Marc Cherry

Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan has sued ABC, ABC Studios, Touchstone Television and series creator Marc Cherry for $20 million!!!

The 46-year-old actress claims that she was struck on the head by Marc and fired when she complained about it.

“On September 24, 2008, during a rehearsal for the show, when Sheridan questioned Cherry about something that was in the script, Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head,” Nicollette says in her complaint via THR. “[I was] physically and emotionally injured, humiliated and stunned by Cherry‘s sudden physical violence and stated, ‘you just hit me in the head, that is not okay. THAT IS NOT OKAY!’ ”

Nicollette continued, “After an incident where Sheridan‘s co-star on the show Teri Hatcher went above Cherry‘s head to speak to ABC executives, Cherry told Sheridan, ‘I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies.’ ”

ABC has responded, saying, “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.”

Wow, this lawsuit seems like it’s straight off the script of Desperate Housewives!

DO YOU BELIEVE Nicollette Sheridan’s side of the story???

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  • s

    i have a really hard time believing this. i bet she’s just melodramatic and mistook some playful bonk on the head as a “forceful hit”.

  • kAITLIN

    this is a wild claim. if she’s making something out of nothing, she’s nuts. if it has any truth, he’s in big trouble. this will be worth watching unless they just settle it….

  • Geoge

    I do believe her – sometimes Marc has made some nasty sounding comments in the media. I have never heard anything unpleasant from Nicolette.

  • me

    No I don’t believe her and if she was hit, she deserved it and needed it! I don’t like Teri Hatcher either. Does anyone even watch that show anymore?

  • Tina

    I believe her – it would be suicide for an actress to make these allegations if they were not true. What I worry about though is that no one will back her up – or they will also lose their high-paying jobs.

  • Kim

    Marc Cherry seems like a nasty man.

  • Melissa

    Seems weird that it took that long for her to speak up.

  • Jill

    I agree who is going to stand up to this guy and lose their job. The other actresses are not going to want to lose their huge salaries and/or be labelled trouble-makers.

  • Umme

    I think these things take awhile to sort out with lawyers etc. You can’t make allegations in the USA until you have a legal team. She is going against an entire network so I believe her – why else would she be doing this???

  • Rang

    It is not OK to hit. It seems like Hollywood is full of men taking advantage of women. I think she is strong to stand up for herself like this. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to someone with so much more power, and resources.

  • hahaasdfjk

    OK WHAT DO YOU NEED 20 MIL FOR?

    wow the measures people will take these days to whore themselves out for money

  • hahaasdfjk

    OK WHAT DO YOU NEED 20 MIL FOR?

    wow the measures people will take these days to whore themselves out for money

  • hahaasdfjk

    OK WHAT DO YOU NEED 20 MIL FOR?

    wow the measures people will take these days to whore themselves out for money

  • http://allwomenstalk.com All Women Stalker

    Whoa this is surreal. If these claims were true, that Marc guy is in huge trouble.

  • SaraS

    Yes I believe her.

  • Junebug

    I believe her – something happened on the show. She was a fabulous part of the show and without warning he kills her off. I think something did happen behind the scenes. I really hope she was smart enough to document it and/or there were witnesses.

  • Mike

    How creepy – I believe her too.

  • Linda

    I wonder if the other gals will support her or just try to keep their jobs. I suspect they will be more into keeping their jobs – they don’t seem very tightknit.

  • Boom

    Mark Cherry made a huge mistake when he got rid of “Edie” ,She was the best part of the show!!
    Now the DH sucks!
    TEAM NICOLETTE!

  • mary

    I believe her. This is not something you do lightly. She probably needed to really think if it was worth all the stress etc in a male dominated industry. I think you can’t let people get away with abusive behavior (wether it is physical or emotional). It is difficult when it’s your employer behaving this way. Best of luck to her.

  • J. Ryan

    I for one believe her… this girl has been in the business for a while and knows how things are done. She didn’t make a big fuss when she was fired and she didn’t go to the tabloids or the internet. She finished out her run like a professional and followed a legal lawsuit through the proper channels. That couldn’t have been easy especially when everyone was asking last year why she was leaving.

  • Katy

    I also believe her. I had an abusive (emotionaly) manager. I left my job and complained, of course management took my manager’s side. My co-workers were too afraid to lose their jobs. GOOD LUCK Nicolette !

  • Holly

    It seems odd that she is making these allegations now. However you just do not know. A lot of the people in Hollywood are one way in front of the camera, and another when the cameras are off. This guy could be a total a$$h**e for all we know. Besides, all that fame and money could have went to his fat head.

    If this crap is true, I hope he gets whats coming to him. Only a piece of garbage would hit a woman and wish for someone to be hit and killed.

  • Orchid

    5 Tina @ 04/05/2010 at 10:26 pm +1

    I believe her – it would be suicide for an actress to make these allegations if they were not true. What I worry about though is that no one will back her up – or they will also lose their high-paying jobs.
    ——-
    I believe her too. It happened in 2008, so she has been angry a long time. Why would she make up something this embarrassing?
    .
    He sounds like a nasty man. The problem is if there was no 3rd person present when it happened then it’s a “he said, she said” and where do you go from there?

  • Orchid

    23 Holly @ 04/05/2010 at 11:13 pm

    It seems odd that she is making these allegations now. However you just do not know. A lot of the people in Hollywood are one way in front of the camera, and another when the cameras are off. This guy could be a total a$$h**e for all we know. Besides, all that fame and money could have went to his fat head.

    If this crap is true, I hope he gets whats coming to him. Only a piece of garbage would hit a woman and wish for someone to be hit and killed.
    ——-
    I guess she wanted the job. I mean if this show was still being made then, when it happened, she must have kept it quiet otherwise she would be out of a job.

  • http://jj.com LYNN

    I do believe her. This girl is not a dummy and it would take something stupid like this to happen to her before she would go this far. I know something must have happened. I know they let her go and she was a big part of the show. Good Luck Nicolette. Why do some haters say they dont believe a person just because they dont like them. one has nothing to do with the other. I guess some people will watch an innocent person get destroyed just because they dont like them for some elementary reason.

  • silk

    I believe her too. It would be career suicide to report this and she probably felt pressured to shut up and put up.

  • Cookie Monster

    I read she stole his donut. Sugar rage is a scary thing.

  • Kimmy

    Cheery always comes across as an infantile male who has a supersize ego in interviews – maybe he is one of those people that thinks they can do whatever they want and get away with it.

    I believe her!!!!!!!

  • Fawn

    NASTY! Nobody should hit anyone else. Get your temper under CONTROL!!!!!

  • Len

    What a total jerk!

  • Jamie B

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

  • Katrina

    @Orchid:

    There were 3 people present who said he never touched her! Seriously, if someone hit you across the face you would call the police and have that person charged with assault! She did not and only waited until her pilot got canceled this week to sue. – Interesting timing!

  • boston61

    Everyman she has ever slapped should sue her as well. There is a major double standard here. God only knows what she said to him to drive him to the brink of insanity. I believe she hates him because he would not make her part bigger. She was not one of the stars of the show.

  • TheTruth coz stonecold says so

    Sounds a bit like a bitter old bimbo wants to gold dig the industry one last time before her plastic face falls off hahahahaaha. F working with those woman could drive anywun crazy.

  • Marieme

    Maybe he is a d i c k. In which case, “Go Nicolette!”

  • t

    pathetic show creator = pathetic show

  • I believe her

    @Melissa: It probably took long for her to speak up because she was afraid or intimidated. This is a big deal to come out with news like this and not an easy thing for anyone to do.

  • Douche Marc

    @Holly: “Besides, all that fame and money could have went to his fat head.” Haha I agree. He looks like a fat sleazy slimeball doucebag. I hope he goes to jail or atleast loses a lot of money over this.

  • Creep

    This fat ugly man looks creepy. DH went down the drain when they killed off Eddie. The show sucks now and is hurting for ratings. Talk about karma

  • Johnny

    @me: “She deserved it”??? What the hell is wrong with you, you sick freak? Do you have mommy issues? Were you bottle fed instead of breast fed as a baby?

  • Alexa

    I actually think there’s some merit to Nicollette’s claim. Marc Cherry is a known in Hollywood circles for being a bit of a bitch.
    She’s obviously taken the time to think about how she was going to make her move and didn’t want to detract from the show itself.
    I hope she wins and puts Cherry in his place!

  • Anthony

    @boston61: This is NOT a double standard. A man hitting a woman is much worse than a woman simply slapping a man. It’s like saying a child hitting an adult is the same as an adult hitting a child, you dweeb. The force and strength is much different.

  • Kassandra

    @boston61: Boston61 you must be an ignorant Guido to say this is a double standard! Boston is full of these ghetto men such as yourself. I should know, I lived there for many years.

  • Jenny

    This fat pimple of a man needs to stop stuffing his ugly face and start controlling his anger.

  • Patty

    I believe her.

    For those who wonder why it took so long……I’m sure there was a period of several months in which the lawyers were talking and negotiating. When agreement couldn’t be reached, a lawsuit was filed.

    Workplace violence is never acceptable. I’m tired of people saying, “she deserved it.” Ms. Sheridan is an actress who portrayed a fictional character. Edie didn’t file the lawsuit, Nicolette Sheridan did.

  • del

    no.

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  • Rocky

    Who really cares? I sure don’t.

  • Nic

    Good for her for standing up for herself, i believe her, H is full yof bullying men!

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