Nicollette Sheridan has amended her lawsuit against “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry, ABC and Touchstone TV, according to court papers obtained by Access Hollywood.
In the amended complaint, the actress continues to allege that her former boss struck her “across the head and face” on the set – and once she complained, she was fired from the show. The amendment, however, adds the response she said she received from ABC when she told them about the alleged incident.
“In December 2008, Sheridan was informed that ABC had fully investigated her complaint and had concluded that she was not mistreated,” the actress’ new amendment begins. “In fact, the Executive Vice President of ABC Studios, Howard Davine, claimed that ‘Marc [Cherry] simply gave her a light tap on the side of her head for the sole purpose of providing direction for a scene they were rehearsing.’ With that, ABC decided to take no further action and closed the investigation, informing Sheridan that ‘We will finish off the season in the spirit of professionalism and courtesy that has been the normal course for Desperate Housewives.’”
The amended complaint goes on to claim that after ABC made their decision about her altercation with Cherry, she was killed off the show.
“However, rather than a season of ‘professionalism and courtesy,’ Sheridan was informed in February 2009 that her employment on the show was going to be terminated and that her character, Edie Britt, was being killed off the show,” the second new amendment in the suit reads. “She was to film her final episode the last week of February 2009 and first week of March.”
Sheridan is asking in excess of $20 million for her 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 2004 for the role. Her final episode aired in April 2009.
When contacted by Access, ABC and Cherry would not comment on Sheridan’s amended lawsuit.