EXCLUSIVE! 'Desperate' Insider Slams Nicollette's Assault Claims: 'I've Never Seen Marc Cherry Be Violent'

Tue, April 6, 2010 1:45pm EST by 5 Comments

Courtesy Of ABC, Getty Images

Courtesy Of ABC, Getty Images

A source who’s very familiar with the inner workings of ‘Desperate Housewives’ doubts Nicollette Sheridan’s claim that show creator Marc Cherry slapped her over a disagreement: ‘Marc can err on the side of brusque … but I’ve never seen him be violent.’

A Desperate Housewives insider tells HollywoodLife.com that Nicollette Sheridan‘s lawsuit accusation that show creator Marc Cherry physically assaulted her when she disagreed with him is far from the truth: “I’ve never seen him be violent … there has never been an incident,” we’re told. Sheridan alleged in a $20 million suit filed Monday, April 5, that Cherry hit her “across the face and head,” fired her when she complained about the alleged assault, and that he even wished Teri Hatcher would get “hit by a car” for griping to Cherry’s bosses at ABC.

The source acknowledges that Cherry can be an intense boss. “Marc can err on the side of brusque when advising scenes,” reports the source, who has been associated with the show for several seasons. “He can just be curt.”

But the problem might be as much Nicollette’s as Cherry’s, explains our source: “As far as Nicollette is concerned, there were problems with her tardiness and coming unprepared.”

We’ve contacted reps for Cherry and for Sheridan, but have yet to hear back. ABC Studios issued 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.”

Check out Ministry of Gossip for more on the lawsuit!