Former Wisteria Lane resident Nicollette Sheridan has filed a lawsuit against ABC and Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry, alleging that Cherry physically assaulted her, and that when she complained about it, it led to her dismissal from the show.
According to the court papers, “[Cherry] created a hostile work environment,” claiming that the producer “took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand” on September 24, 2008.
The papers also allege that Cherry had harsh words for “Desperate” star Teri Hatcher. “I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies,” Cherry allegedly told Sheridan after Hatcher allegedly went above Cherry’s head to speak to ABC executives.
The 46-year-old actress is suing ABC, ABC Studios, Touchstone Television and Cherry for $20 million.
On top of wrongful termination, the seven-count complaint alleges assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and age, retaliatory termination, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“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,” ABC Studios said in a statement.