'Desperate Housewives' star Nicollette Sheridan suing series creator Marc Cherry for assault and battery

nicollette-sheridanImage Credit: Danny Feld/ABCAs first reported by TMZ.com, former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan is suing series creator Marc Cherry on charges of assault and battery, gender violence, wrongful termination, and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

In the suit, obtained by EW, Sheridan alleges that Cherry created a “hostile work environment,” regularly “demeaning” writers and staff, and behaving in a “dismissive, demeaning, and unprofessional manner” towards her both on and off set.

She claims that on September 24, 2008, after she questioned something in the script, Cherry took her aside and “forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head.” Although Sheridan immediately complained to ABC, she claims no action was taken. The legal papers paint Cherry as someone who became hostile to those who “questioned his authority,” and Sheridan claims her complaints led directly to her termination. What’s more, the suit says, Cherry reportedly told third parties that “he hoped Sheridan would be distraught as a result of the termination.”

In a separate incident cited by way of example, Cherry allegedly once responded to Housewives co-star Teri Hatcher’s complaints to the network by saying, “I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies.”

Sheridan is seeking $20 million.

ABC Studios has responded to the suit with the following statement: “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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  • Todo

    Weird. I’m–probably wrongly–inclined to believe it is true for some reason, maybe because it would be an odd thing to make up, but it is Hollywood. Does Cherry have a reputation for being an abusive douche or is this a first?

    • EWsMom

      I did a quick Google search and didn’t find anything.

      Funny how this lawsuit comes out a YEAR after she was fired off the show – I guess that’s what happens when you’re unemployed and no one wants to hire your saggy bum…

      • Michael

        Your bum might be saggy. Nicollete doesn’t have the problem.

      • kevin

        i think legal suits like this take a while, but i am not a lawyer, but that is what i have heard, that is why most people don’t sue over things like dog bites very much, b/c they realize how long a process it is

      • Todo

        Thanks EWsMom and yeah, that is a bit odd that she waited THIS long to file such a thing. You would think she would have gotten the cops involved or something at the time and not wait a year to file for 20 million frickin dollars. Still don’t know who to believe.

      • frelling_cute

        Don’t worry, you will have a saggy bum one day. Idiotic comment.

      • Ssnetblaze

        Well the parties were probably negotiating a settlement before she filed suit but settlement negotiations fell apart. It also takes time to gather the back up material needed before filing and actually draft the complaint itself. I’m not suprised that a year later it was filed.

      • t3hdow

        This kind of reminds me of the sexual assault charge towards the actor playing Desmond Hume on Lost. With that case, Sheridan’s lawsuit, and the circus that’s the Grey’s Anatomy set, what the devil’s going on in ABC’s sound sets for the past few years?

      • Perry mason

        Or you have a clause that lasts a yearduuuuuchbag

      • josh

        its very possible that she didnt say/do anything at the time because she wanted to keep her job – from what i know, hollywood/broadcast tv is not the kind of business where u go complain about ur boss and then expect to keep working. im not saying i believe her eihter way, but it makes alot of sense not to have filed suit at the time, and in terms of not filing a statement of claim until a year later – u have two years to do it in alot of jurisdictions, and considering the industry she works in, she probably had alot of thinking to do before going ahead and filing a suit like this. she knows she very possible will not going to be getting work after this – its not an easy decision to make, whether ur making it up/telling the truth/just exaggerating. how long it took to file is totally irrelevant.

      • Carla

        EXACTLY what I was thinking-her unemployment must be at an end. Hey, Nicolette…try Burger King!

    • Em

      Personally, I am just waiting for someone to come out and say late April Fools or something. I just can’t believe that this guy did this, but if a lawsuit is being filed 2 years later, I guess I will have to buy it. Still waiting for the gotcha moment though.

      • DW

        So just because a lawsuit is filed means you have to believe it? Good thing you’re not a lawyer.

      • Vanity Feral

        Cherry is a gay Republican. His evil knows no bounds.

      • Bebe

        I totally believe it. Marc Cherry is a megalomanical nasty beyotch. And she’s a repuglican. What a piece of garbage.

    • Tim

      This smells of a revenge suit to me…

      • teresa

        Me too. He did, after all, fire her. That’s gotta hurt. Especially in Hollywood.

      • sandy

        also the situation just sounds so silly. she asked a question and he just started beating her? yeah right.

    • frelling_cute

      They did not get alone and he almost got rid of the character several times.

    • LOL

      The old queen slaps around women? Who knew?

    • cg

      Well he ruined the show when she left so not only did he commit assault, he also committed suicide.

    • darclyte

      She should sue her plastic surgeon.

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  • Brian

    Wow, I like Marc Cherry more than I thought I did!

    • Sara

      You’re disgusting. You are probably just like Mark Cherry, who lived in his mother’s basement until this show got sold to ABC.
      I totally believe Nicolette Sheridan; did you see the way they killed her off!? I’m surprised she even did it.

      • Sue

        I thought Edie’s exit was very moving and thoughtful of the character. She left the show having enriched the lives of those around her,not as an oversexed maneater.

    • Diane

      To Brian: Gee-you thnk sexual harrassment and physical abuse is a good thing? Get a freaking life. No wait-crawl into the hole you started out in

    • Carla

      Really! Let’s give Marc a medal, along with Orson Hodge for causing Edie’s accident to begin with :D

  • TorontoTom

    This is better than anything on the show!

  • EWsMom

    Talk about an attention wh*re!
    For crying out loud, he was a major writer on “The Golden Girls”…and he didn’t hit any old ladies on THAT show!

    • vet93

      Would YOU have taken a swipe at Bea Arthur?? If you had, it would’ve been the last!

      • EWsMom

        Good point :>
        (although I’d have been more afraid of Estelle Getty…she seems like a feisty one!)

      • Andy Bluebear

        I dunno, I loved all 4 of the GG…but if there was some type of GG Deathmatch, Bea would’ve smoked them all and still had time to get her nails done.

    • Rose Nylund

      That’s because he knew we could beat the crap out of him.

      • Blanche Devereaux

        and honey you can say that again.

      • Ssnetblaze

        I was very tempted to post the comment again (I did not post the first one) because that’s what Rose would have said in response to Blanche.

      • Andy Bluebear

        Good one, Ssnetblaze :D

      • Rose Nylund

        That’s because he knew we could beat the crap out of him.

        (Boy is my timing off!)

      • Sophia Petrillo

        That’s not the only thing that’s off!

    • Perry mason

      How do you know Sherlock? Why do you think Bea wore the scarf.

    • Yes

      Didn’t he work for Dixie Carter as her personal assistant or on Designing Women? I have a hard time believing it, but anything is possible.

  • Kevin

    WOAH is this real?

  • John

    Was he this abusive when he wrote for the Golden Girls? Poor Betty White!

    • HD

      Lol. I doubt anyone would have let that happen to those women. Or at least I hope.

  • Marchen

    The fact that she is seeking a monetary reimbursement instead of a district attorney should tell you everything. She is a lying bitch.

  • Lucy

    Well, this certainly puts even more gallons of fuel to the ever-increasing fire these two burnt up.

  • Chad Concelmo


  • Jed

    She’s probably going after publicity but I would love to see this show finally CXLed once and for all.

  • crispy

    Marc Cherry = Gay Republican = Automatic Douche

    • Louise

      Oh shut up.

    • jeff

      No, you shut up Louise.

      • Louise

        Okay. I will never disagree with you again. I love you.

      • Kat

        LOL Louise. Nice.

    • SDTim

      He’s republican?

    • LOL

      Crispy rocks.

    • Katie

      Word! and I support gays LOL even not being gay. Can’t support gay republicans blah!

    • teresa

      That’s just silly. Being gay doesn’t make you a douche.

      Does anyone remember what gay and douche really mean?

    • Nshi

      Sure crispy, I these “gay republicans” also live on Pandora and ride unicorns.

      • Nshi

        I BET these….

  • Marianne

    My only problem is that if it’s true, why wasn’t something filed earlier. I know it says ABC did nothing, but wouldn’t she have gone to the police earlier? Why wait 2 years?

    If it’s true, than he’s an a****** and will get what’s coming to him.

  • Estelle

    He tried to do that to the Golden Girls but Bea Arthur whipped his ass.

  • steve

    I met him once and found him to be entirely unpleasant. Not hard to imagine him behaving this way.

    • teresa

      So you met him and based on this unpleasant encounter, you can see him smacking someone? Aren’t you just a tad judgmental? He could have had a bad day when he met you. Or maybe you’re not his type. A lot of people met Ted Bundy and thought him wonderful. Turns out, not so much.

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