Nicollette Sheridan — pictured here with beaus Harry Hamlin (1990) and Michael Bolton (1993) — has filed a lawsuit against ABC and “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry for $20 million, alleging that Cherry assaulted her and then fired her when she complained about it. There are all sorts of entertaining details — if the very serious and unfunny issue of alleged male-to-female violence is funny to you, you sick bastard — but here are some of the highlights:
- Sheridan says the assault went down like this: “On September 24, 2008, during a rehearsal for the show, when Sheridan questioned Cherry about something that was in the script, Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head.”
- She says she was “physically and emotionally injured, humiliated and stunned by Cherry’s sudden physical violence and stated, ‘you just hit me in the head, that is not okay. THAT IS NOT OKAY!’ “
- Sheridan says Cherry’s abusive behavior was well-known on the set: “After an incident where Sheridan’s co-star on the show Teri Hatcher went above Cherry’s head to speak to ABC executives, Cherry told Sheridan, ‘I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies.’ “
- Sheridan, whose character was killed off near the end of Season 5, also says her compensation for the show was $175,000 an episode for her fifth year, $200,000 for her sixth season and $250,000 for her seventh. She claims she stood to earn millions if she hadn’t been fired.
You know who should’ve been fired? Whoever thought Nicollette Sheridan was worth six figures an episode in the first place. In a related story, using “Nicollette” is Asia’s preferred method to quit smoking.