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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