Former ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Nicollette Sheridan is taking the ‘Housewives’ creator to court, reports E Online.
A Los Angeles Judge has given the go-ahead for the ex-star’s $20 million lawsuit against creator Marc Cherry to proceed to trial. Why is Sheridan taking Cherry to court, you ask? Sheridan sites ‘wrongful termination and assault’ for the lawsuit, claiming Cherry smacked her in the face while on set and then arranged to have her fired when she complained. Talk about harsh.
“It is clear to the court that this is something that needs to go to a jury,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen announced at a hearing yesterday.
Sheridan, who had not appeared at any of the other proceedings in the case, did turn up for the session.
“I’m very happy that I am being treated fairly,” she told reporters outside the courtroom.
The actress, whose character on the hit ABC series met a shocking end (literally, she was electrocuted and killed off), filed her complaint against Cherry a year ago. Sheridan claims that the creator wrongly fired her after she reported to network bosses an incident of assault by Cherry in 2008.
However, last June (after her former costars pledged to support Cherry’s version of events), the actress backed off the abuse claims, filing an amended suit. Sheridan then changed her tune, alleging that the altercation didn’t involve a whack but rather “a light tap on the side of the head.”
But now, she’s going back to her main story. Something about this seems fishy – she just can’t make up her mind about what happened. Maybe the slap across the head caused memory loss.
ABC investigated her allegations, including her assertion that Cherry “took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head,” but determined they were “of no merit.”
Now it’s up to a jury to sort it all out. The trial is set to kick off on June 8.
According to TMZ, Sheridan is claiming that Cherry struck her across the head and face on set of the show, after she complained about him firing her. She is suing for assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. She wants over $20 million.
In the lawsuit, Sheridan says that Cherry had created an unfriendly workplace from the beginning, “behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show.”
On September 24, 2008, Cherry allegedly physically assaulted Sheridan after she asked him about something in the script. According to the suit, “Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head.” The lawsuit then goes on to say that after the supposed incident, Cherry went to Sheridan’s trailer to “beg forgiveness.”