Nicollette Sheridan Says She “Needed Protection”

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Nicollette Sheridan  is suing her former boss, “Desperate Housewives” creater Marc Cherry and ABC…for firing her and abusing her on set . I wonder what took so long for this lawsuit to come to life…why wait so long to talk about these things you are claiming. You have been off the show for a year now. I can guarantee you that this lawsuit is going to get real ugly, real fast!

According to E,

A day after filing a $20 million lawsuit against ABC and Desperate Housewives mastermind Marc Cherry for assault and wrongful termination (and in the case of her character, Edie Britt, wrongful TV death), Nicollette Sheridan is now explaining her motivation.

In a statement just released by her attorneys, the 44-year-old actress labeled herself a “model employee” and called Cherry’s alleged bad behavior “nothing short of abusive and appalling.”

“The lawsuit is not something Nicollette wanted to do, it’s something she felt compelled to do,” the statement reads. “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.”

It continues: “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.”

ABC and Cherry, meanwhile, are standing by their earlier remarks: “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.”

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