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Nicollette Sheridan Fires Back at Marc Cherry Lawsuit

Nicollette Sheridan Fires Back at Marc Cherry Lawsuit

Yesterday, it was revealed that former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan is suing ABC and series creator Marc Cherry for $20 million because he allegedly hit her.

The 46-year-old actress is now firing back after ABC released a statement.

Nicollette worked very hard on the show and was a model employee,” Nicollette‘s attorney Mark Baute from L.A. law firm Baute & Tidus tells JustJared.com in a statement. “Mr. Cherry‘s behavior towards Nicollette was and is nothing short of abusive and appalling. The lawsuit is not something Nicollette wanted to do, it’s something she felt compelled to do. Nicollette asked ABC for help and protection from Mr. Cherry‘s abusive behavior, and ultimately, ABC was not willing or able to provide that protection. Sometimes the only way that a safe and normal work environment can be created is when a hard-working person like Nicollette stands up for herself and her rights, and in doing so help protect others who have had to work in a hostile environment. We expect the case to be hard fought, and it will not be a surprise if ABC and Mr. Cherry try to depict Nicollette to be something other than a team player and long-standing industry professional. She put her heart and soul into the role of the Edie character, a character that she truly enjoyed playing.”

WHOSE SIDE of the story do you believe — MARC or NICOLLETTE?

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24 Comments

# 2

It’s a known fact to anyone who works in Hollywood that Marc Cherry is INSANE and abusive. Very inside knowledge and very true.

# 3

Again I believe her, she’s awesome and so was Edie and it’s sad that even if she wins Edie will forever be dead… I mean they have yet to bring someone back to life that I know of.

# 4

He came them a hit show and a cash cow, its not a surprise that ABC is standing behind that despicable human being March Cherry. Nicollette is strong, she is not weak like the other cast members, she stands up for her rights. I wholeheartedly support her and loved her on the show. The show is a joke now. Its really going nowhere. I hope ABC forks over alot more.

# 5

Why did she wait a whole year to complain about this now? I think she’s just upset that she can’t get any work and has no money. So she’s using this lawsuit as an excuse to get cash from ABC and Marc Cherry.

# 6

@Alex: I think I read somewhere else that she already tried and failed

# 7

She must need money.

Why didn’t she sue a year ago?

She’s broke. That’s why.

# 8

These trolls @Alex and @fool must work for ABC. Everyone knows how Hollywood Head Honchos work. You guys are not fooling anyone with your despicable lies. More people are coming out of the woodwork to support Sheridan. Everyone in Hollywood knows about Cherry’s temper. She waited b/c ABC didn’t lesson when she approached them directly and internally. They are obliged to follow employment laws just like all American employers. They are not above the Law and I hope they pay.

Shame on you for your lies.

# 9

My industry friends, neighbors & relations all say that Nicollette’s story is true. They also say that Cherry is a major ******* and treats women like crap. The story is that he grabbed her harshly by the arm & smacked her forehead with his open hand.

As for why it took so long to file suit…this kind of suit takes a long time to prepare, they would have to get statements from other employees (who would probably be afraid to testify), get subpoenas, etc.

I hope she cleans their clock.

Cherry is known in the industry as a bully, of course none of them would say anything against him publicly, im surprised the courage she must have got to do this, because she is defo ruinning her career with this movie, its unfair, but thus is Hollywood!

Good for her though!

Of course I believe Nicollette, it’s obvious. As for the time frame, bringing a lawsuit against someone like ABC would take alot of thought as to wether to proceed and alot of time to prepare. Those who are questioning this must not be very bright. Good Luck Nicollette, I hope you win!

Saad Khan @ 04/07/2010 at 2:12 am

Nicolette

magic_moments @ 04/07/2010 at 3:07 am

I believe and support Nicolette!!

@Alex: It may have been im Nicolette’s “release contract” that she not speak ill of the show And/or Mark Cherry for a certain period of time ( i.e Conan Obiran with Nbc and Jay Lenno)
It has been a year, And she may have full filled her end of the deal,
So it’s ON now!
*these kinds of things are very typical in “Hollywood” (believe me, I know)
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I do wish her luck! She’s going to need it
:-)
And yes, she wad the best part of the show.

well, a lawsuit takes a LONG time to set up, and I would think that she’d want to get the best legal team, get all the evidence ready etc., and then go through and file the complaint.
This law firm is a ridiculously successful one – scary enough, even one of the attorneys was killed in a contract kill after several multi-million dollar verdicts

I dont know any of them, but its quite obvious that Nicolette was doing a very good job – people were responding to her character, the ratings were good – so why all of a sudden ABC are saying ” we needed to bring some freshenss to the show – thats why the character was terminated” Such bollocks – nobody fixes anything that aint broken. He was clearly being vindictive and it was in his power to get rid of her. And for Eva Longoria to say ” how Mark is the nicest guy wouldnt hurt a fly” OMG – she needs to get a life – of course she would say that she is wanting to secure her pathetic job on the show as her grand plan to transition from the small screen to the big didnt work out. And for the rest of the cast – nobody that is still employed by them will say anthing bad about this Mark Cherry – who would – people are scared for their livelyhood. I hope the jury sees beyond that. Good luck Nicolette! Well done for standing up for yourself. And besides I dont watch the show anymore. Not becasue i was boycotting it, but because it aint fun any more. Eddie was one of my favorite characters without a doubt! She was brilliant in that role. Only a very vindictive fool would kill off a good charactet that all men an women enjoy. I hope she gets more than 20mills. Team Nicolette! You go girl!

@t:
Now there’s an intelligent and incisive comment!

@happy girl:
Insane? really? Obviously you have never met the guy!

Marc Cherry stole the screenplay for Desperate Housewives from a writer named Jillian Lamour. There’s an appeal in progress for that, too. The guy is a first-rate douchebag. It’s not surprising he would hit a woman. He’s a cliche of the heartless Hollywood snake.

Nicollette is just money hungry! She knows she’s a washed up actress and just trying to milk the cash cow ***! Hey I have an idea for you instead of trying to sue/screw your way through hollywood be a legend like “betty white” and do some work. Now that’s a hard working lady!

@jake:

the other cast members have no choice. do you know what risk they would be taking if they backed nicolette up? cherry could turn on them and start to write them off. Can you imagine if they killed susan, lynette, gabriele and brie and decided to focus the show on the housemen and called it desperate housmen. That would still work because mike could become a single dad, tom could spiral into depression, carlos could become a murderer and orson goes to live with mrs maclusky. the point im making is that nobody would wqnt to japardize their jobs whether it be a clerk or an actor so to summarise my point, these women arent being weak, they are simply looking out for themselves

I’m sorry but the entire cast has no memory of any of the allegations that Nicolette is making. These are all honest actors with integrity who’ve been involved with many other film projects and aren’t dependant on the show- I don’t think they’re just kissing up to Cherry.

Maybe there’s no way to truly know if noone was around when the “slap” happened but if that is the case then I’d rather side with Cherry- a lawsuit is life ruining stuff, a minor altercation is not.

And seriously people, can we stop with the “girl power vs mysoginist” comments, we don’t even know these people or what they’re really like.

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