Nicollette Sheridan Felt "Compelled" to Sue Marc Cherry, Attorney States

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Months after her character was killed off Desperate Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan has created the kind of scandal that makes Wisteria Lane the most famous street on television.

In court papers filed this week, the actress has accused that show's creator of assault and wrongful termination. Why did she come out now with the $20 million lawsuit?

"Nicollette worked very hard on the show and was a model employee," said her attorney, Mark Baute. "Mr. Cherry's behavior towards Nicollette was and is nothing short of abusive and appalling."

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Baute's statement continues, explaining his client's motivation:

"The lawsuit is not something Nicollette wanted to do, it's something she felt compelled to do. "Nicollette asked ABC for help and protection from Mr. Cherry's abusive behavior, and ultimately, ABC was not willing or able to provide that protection.

"Sometimes the only way that a safe and normal work environment can be created is when a hard-working person like Nicollette stands up for herself and her rights, and in doing so help protect others who have had to work in a hostile environment.

"We expect the case to be hard fought, and it will not be a surprise if ABC and Mr. Cherry try to depict Nicollette to be something other than a team player and long-standing industry professional.

"She put her heart and soul into the role of the Edie character, a character that she truly enjoyed playing."

ABC is on record, saying Sheridan's allegations are "without merit." We doubt we've heard the last about this case.

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We don't know what really went on behind the scenes, but it seems a bit suspicious that Nicolette waited so long to do this. During interviews on all 6 seasons of the show, Nicolette raves about Marc Cherry to the point of annoyance.
If things were so bad, she certainly hid it well and in fact, seemed to be having a great time on set in all behind-the-scenes footage I have seen Its hard to believe that her claims in the lawsuit are true. Her motives seem less than genuine and are most likely, based on money/publicity.
I guess the reason she played 'Edie' so well is that she (Nicolette) is more alike in real life than we realized..lol I loved her on the show and was sad to see her leave. I hope it all gets worked out and not get draggged out.
It would be a pity if the lawsuit overshadowed the show and took away from it creatively, as a result..
however, I will still continue to watch - its a great show!!

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To:My co-writer Snarf, Good analogy,
You must be psychic!!

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Compelled? $20 million reasons is pretty compelling. Prediction: ABC and Marc Cherry will settle the details will be of which they admiot no wrong doing and the amount (probably about 1/5 of what Sheridan was after won't be disclosed).

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Go get 'em!

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