Axed Housewife: Marc Cherry Hit Me
Nicollette Sheridan sues for assault, wrongful termination
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2010 6:38 AM CDT
Actress Nicollette Sheridan and writor/creator Marc Cherry mingle at the Desperate Housewives premiere party at Barney's New York October 3, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The Desperate Housewives drama isn’t just onscreen: Former cast member Nicollette Sheridan is suing series creator Marc Cherry for allegedly assaulting her. Sheridan claims Cherry behaved “in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner” on set, and in 2008—after she questioned one of the scripts—he “forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head,” according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.

Cherry later approached Sheridan to “beg forgiveness,” but the actress claims that after she reported him to ABC, his behavior got worse—and he ultimately retaliated by killing her off the show. The lawsuit notes that, before her, “none of the female characters had ever before been killed off or written out of the show,” People notes. Sheridan is suing for $20 million.