desperate-housewives-nicollette-sheridan-marc-cherry-attack.jpgOn Monday April 5, we reported that ABC issued a statement to Zap2it regarding Nicollette Sheridan’s charges that “Desperate Housewives” exec producer Marc Cherry had attacked her.

“While we have yet to see the actual complaint,” reads the ABC statement. “We investigated similar claims made by Ms. Sheridan last year and found them to be without merit.”

Now, Sheridan’s attorney, Mark Baute, has shot back in a statement to Zap2it.

]]>Nicollette worked very hard on the show and was a model
employee. Mr. 
Cherry’s behavior towards Nicollette was and is nothing
short of abusive 
and appalling. 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.

An ABC rep informed Zap2it that Sheridan’s former cast mate Teri Hatcher, who she claims also went to the network with a complaint regarding Cherry’s abusive behavior, will not be commenting.

TMZ reports that it has spoken to several people who have worked on the “Desperate Housewives” set and the site was unable to find anyone who could verify Sheridan’s claims.

One person who has worked on the show for six seasons told the site that he has never heard of such things happening and stated, “It’s something that would have been discussed had it happened.”

E!Online had a different story to tell. According to the site’s source, Cherry has been known to have a mean side.

“He has a crazy temper and is often not logical,” a source close to the show says. “He feels he doesn’t have to answer to anyone.”

Sheridan filed her lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. She is suing Cherry for assault and battery, gender violence and
wrongful termination and seeks more than $20 million in damages. 

What do you think of Nicollette Sheridan’s charges against her former boss?

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