A disgruntled former employee and friend of Teri Hatcher’s has filed a lawsuit against the Desperate Housewives star.
Jennifer Glassman claims Hatcher convinced her to quit her PR job to become Vice President of Teri’s production company for 50% of the profits.
Glassman did not get the agreement in writing but was asked to sign a blank contract as a “formality” which gave Hatcher the right to fire her at will.
Glassman claims in the lawsuit that not only was she extremely competent, but was also forced to handle “Hatcher’s mood swings and unusual requests.” Among the requests — scheduling doctors’ appointments, planning parties, researching vacation arrangements and hiring a dog trainer.
Jennifer also claims she was fired just months before Hatcher received a substantial payment for the launch of a website supported by Disney that Jennifer says she helped to create.
The suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, claims fraud, intentional deceit, wrongful termination and emotional distress and seeks unspecified damages.
Hatcher’s rep Brad Cafarelli released the following statement, “It is unfortunate that the many opportunities Ms. Hatcher afforded the former employee are now being so implausibly twisted and contorted.” Cafarelli says Teri and Disney will vigorously fight the suit, and nail Glassman with “substantial counterclaims … for her reckless and premeditated misconduct on her departure.”