Nicollette Sheridan alleges in lawsuit that Marc Cherry struck her on set and fired her for complaining
BOMBSHELL: During her five seasons on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan’s character of Edie did not mince words. Well, neither does the actress in an explosive lawsuit she filed today against series creator Marc Cherry, ABC, ABC Studios, and Touchstone Television $20 million.
The actress, whose character was killed off, claims that she was physically assaulted by Cherry and fired when she complained about it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sheridan says Cherry punched her in the head during production on the the series’ fifth season. He allegedly apologized but then arranged for her character, Edie Britt, to be killed off the show. Sheridan claims that she informed ABC about the whole mess, but producers and the network did nothing.
THR reports: The seven-count complaint alleges causes of action for wrongful termination; 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.
Sheridan also says her compensation for the show was $175,000 an episode for her fifth year, $200,000 for her sixth season and $250,000 for her seventh. She claims she stood to earn millions if she hadn’t been fired.