Nicollette Sheridan amends lawsuit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 June 2010
Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan

Former 'Desperate Housewives' actress Nicollette Sheridan has updated her lawsuit against show creator Marc Cherry, to include claims the network dismissed an alleged assault as a ''light tap''

Nicollette Sheridan has updated her lawsuit against 'Desperate Housewives' creator Marc Cherry.

The actress - who is suing the TV executive for $20 million, alleging he hit her across the face and sacked her when she complained to network ABC - now alleges the network dismissed her claims as merely a "light tap" in the legal files.

The seven-count lawsuit against Cherry and ABC has reportedly been altered with two new paragraphs added by the 46-year-old actress' lawyers, in response to ABC's claim they looked into her allegations and believed her accusations were "without merit".

The updated lawsuit states: "In December 2008, Sheridan was informed that ABC had fully investigated her complaint and had concluded that she was not mistreated. In fact, the Executive Vice President of ABC Studios, Howard Davine, claimed that 'Marc Cherry simply gave her a light tap on the side of her head for the sole purpose of providing direction for a scene they were rehearsing.' With that, ABC decided to take no further action and closed the investigation, informing Sheridan that 'we will finish off the season in the spirit of professionalism and courtesy that has been the normal course for 'Desperate Housewives'.'

"However, rather than a season of 'professionalism and courtesy', Sheridan was informed in February 2009 that her employment on the show was going to be terminated and that her character, Edie Britt, was being killed off the show."

At this point, it claims Nicollette was ordered to "break the story" she would be leaving to the press.

The amended legal documents were filed May 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

ABC Studios and Nicollette's lawyers have both refused to comment on the updated files.

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