As first reported by those celebrity justice mavens at TMZ, former “Housewives” star Nicollette Sheridan has filed suit against creator Marc Cherry.
Sheridan, who’s suing for assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination, is asking for more than $20 million. In the suit, the actress claims Cherry smacked her across the head and face — and then later fired her after she complained.
In the lawsuit, Sheridan claims Cherry created a hostile work environment from the get go, “behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show.”
Sheridan says during the 5th season, Cherry put her in his crosshairs. She claims on September 24, 2008, he physically assaulted her after she questioned him about something in the script. According to the lawsuit, “Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head.”
According to the suit, after the alleged incident, Cherry went to her trailer to “beg forgiveness.”
Sheridan says she immediately reported the incident to ABC, but Cherry’s aggressiveness only worsened and ABC failed to take action.
Sheridan also claims that Cherry said, “I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies,” after hearing that Hatcher had complained about him.
In a statement, ABC Studios responded: “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.”