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'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' SHOCKER! Nicollette Sheridan Claims in Lawsuit That Show Creator Assaulted Her

Tue, April 6, 2010 9:27am EDT by 1 Comment
Courtesy of ABC,

Courtesy of ABC,

And you thought all the drama and fireworks were just on-screen? ‘Desperate’ star Nicollette alleges in an explosive new lawsuit that the show’s creator Marc Cherry slapped her face and head when she disagreed with him … and you won’t believe what he said about Teri Hatcher!

In an incredible and disturbing $20 million lawsuit, actress Nicollette Sheridan claims that Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives, slapped her across the face and head for questioning something in one of his scripts, and fired her for complaining about it, according to TMZ.

In the legal papers, Nicollette, 48, alleges that back in September 2008, during the show’s fifth season, Cherry “took her aside” after she questioned something in the show’s script. Then, says the suit, Cherry “forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head.” After she complained to ABC, the show’s network, her character, Edie Britt, was soon killed off.

Sheridan also says that on the set of Desperate Housewives, Cherry behaved in an “extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show.” One horrific example cited by Sheridan: When Teri Hatcher went to execs to complain about Cherry, he said, “I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies.” Shortly thereafter, Teri’s character was axed as well.

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