Nicollette Sheridan Sues Over "Desperate Housewives" Firing, Alleged Assault

Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 AM EDT
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Nicollette Sheridan Sues Over "Housewives" Firing, Alleged Assault

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Nicollette Sheridan has sued the creator of "Desperate Housewives."

Nicollette Sheridan has filed a lawsuit against "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, ABC and Touchstone TV, according to court papers obtained by Access Hollywood.

In the papers, the actress claims that her former boss struck her "across the head and face" on the set – and once she complained, she was fired from the show.

"[Cherry] created a hostile work environment," the papers continue, claiming that the producer "took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand" on September 24, 2008.

The papers also allege that Cherry had harsh words for "Desperate" star Teri Hatcher.

"I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies," Cherry allegedly told Sheridan after Hatcher allegedly went "above Cherry's head to speak to ABC executives.

Sheridan is asking for $20 million for each of her seven claims, which include wrongful termination and assault.

The actress starred as Edie Britt on five seasons of the show, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 2005 for the role. Her final episode aired in April 2009.

An ABC rep told Access Hollywood in a statement, "While we have yet to see the actual complaint, we investigated similar claims made by Ms. Sheridan last year and found them to be without merit."

Marc Cherry had no comment when reached by Access.

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