nicollette marc cherry abc lawyers up ABC comes out swinging in Nicollette Sheridan assault case against 'Desperate' bossAfter months of silence and rumors of a settlement, ABC has begun fighting back against former “Desperate Housewives” star Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against former boss Marc Cherry.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has hired on high-profile employee litigation specialist, Adam Levin. Levin is best known for successfully defending Warner Bros. Television against a harassment suit from a former “Friends” writer’s assistant.

]]>filed her lawsuit in April 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. [Update: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan has amended her case alleging for the first time that ABC investigated her assault claim against Cherry and told her it was merely a “light tap on the side of the head.”] What do you make of ABC’s aggressive move? Follow Zap2it and TheRealJethro on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celebrity news and buzz. Photo credit: ABC/Getty Images