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Nicollette Sheridan's 'Housewives' Drama: Assault or 'Light Tap'?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 16th 2010 9:45AM
Wondering what happened to that lawsuit 'Desperate Housewives' star -- er, former 'Desperate Housewives' star -- Nicolette Sheridan filed against ABC and 'DH' creator Marc Cherry? Well, it's still on, and Sheridan has just amended her claims.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan's attorneys have added information to her $20 million suit, acknowledging that ABC investigated her complaints against what she calls Cherry's abusive behavior on the 'DH' set. In her original Apr. 5 lawsuit, Sheridan says Cherry hit her in what was part of a pattern of abusive behavior. Now, she says ABC investigated and dismissed her allegations, saying Cherry gave her a "light tap on the side of the head" as part of a scene rehearsal and instructing her to return to work "in the spirit of professionalism."
On May 20, Sheridan's legal reps added two paragraphs to the seven-count April lawsuit, with the first one detailing ABC's investigation and Dec. 2008 dismissal of the actresses' claims, and the second addition detailing how, after encouraging her to return to work and handle the situation with Cherry in a professional manner, ABC instead informed her in Feb. 2009 that she was being terminated from the cast and her character, Edie Britt, was being killed off.

The suit, which alleges wrongful termination, assault and battery, and discrimination, also states that Sheridan was ordered to follow a very specific publicity plan for revealing info on her departure from the show, ostensibly to prevent any loose lips talk about the backstory of her tension-filled time on the set.

Neither Sheridan's lawyers nor ABC responded to THR's requests for a response, though, despite her former castmates' refusal to support her claims, it's clear Sheridan isn't easing up on her legal action, amid rumors in the British media that the network was planning to offer her a "peace package."

Meanwhile, Sheridan is making the best of her post-'DH' downtime, co-starring (co-voicing?) the animated flick 'Noah's Ark: The New Beginning' with Jason Lee, Michael Keaton, Ben Kingsley and Marcia Gay Harden, and rumored to be co-starring with Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana in the 2011 thriller 'Hanna.'

As for the rest of the 'DH' cast, next fall's seventh season will find more shake-ups in the rapidly aging series, as the mystery of the season will reportedly revolve around Mark Moses' returning troublemaker Paul Young, and 'Ugly Betty' star Vanessa Williams becomes the newest resident of Wisteria Lane.

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