Valerie Harper Sued for $2M—Over Her Cancer
Playwright says she should have disclosed illness earlier
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
This May 16, 2012 file photo shows actress Valerie Harper at the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

(Newser) – It's bad enough that Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer, but now a playwright wants the Rhoda actress to pay $2 million over the diagnosis. Matthew Lombardo says Harper failed to tell him her lung cancer came back in 2012, while she was working on his Broadway play Looped, TMZ reports. He and the producers who are also suing Harper say she started forgetting her lines and slurring her speech, and when the director suggested she see a doctor, she learned the lung cancer had spread to her brain.

The lawsuit alleges Harper tried to keep her original diagnosis a secret in order to hang onto her job, but that she ultimately had to leave the production, leaving Lombardo et al to find a quick replacement. He filed the suit in response to a lawsuit from Harper, who claims Lombardo didn't pay out the rest of her contract.

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Apr 28, 2014 1:08 PM CDT
Maybe the woman who ran over the kids on the bicycle can sue Harper as well.
Apr 28, 2014 1:06 PM CDT
they should sue one anothers ma and pa. and the children. dont forget to sue the childrens
Apr 28, 2014 11:41 AM CDT
Valerie is a totally dishonest celebrity. In an agreement with Kurt Peterson of she was supposed to let media know that her remission was due to his treatment. But no......instead she went on shows like Howard Stern and claimed her oncologists were the reason. Reading this article makes me believe that she is up to her old tricks again and being deceitful. HHmmm....