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BATD ON Apr 07, 2010 AT 10:25 am

 

Nicollette Sheridan

After yesterday’s revelations that Nicollette Sheridan (aka Edie from Desperate Housewives) is filing a £13.1 million lawsuit against the show’s and ABC’s mastermind, Marc Cherry, the actress has now come forward to explain her reasoning.

Sheridan’s legal representatives released a statement claiming the actress to be a ‘model employee’ and Cherry’s alleged wrong-doings as ‘nothing short of abusive and appauling.’

“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.”

This comes after Sheridan complained to TV bosses at ABC that Cherry, after she queried a script for her character Edie, “took her aside and forcefully hit her across her face“, after which he allegedly came to her trailer to ‘beg forgiveness’.

Cherry is accused of assault and wrongfully terminating her contract in 2008 as the lawsuit goes on to say it is “exceptionally unusual” for shows to axe “popular” characters like Edie.

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