Nicollette Sheridan drops abuse charges in 'Desperate Housewives' lawsuit

Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan has dropped the most incendiary claims of abuse from the $20 million lawsuit she filed this spring against ABC, the show’s creator Marc Cherry, and Touchstone Television. Sheridan, who played Edie Britt on the series, filed the suit in April after being dropped from the show, alleging that she had been assaulted by Cherry on the set and then fired when she reported the abuse to ABC.┬áIn a joint stipulation filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sheridan agreed not to pursue her claim that she had been subjected to intentional emotional distress or seek any damages for emotional or physical abuse. In exchange, Sheridan will not have to submit to a mental or physical examination.


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  • TorontoTom

    Perhaps the courts should stipulate that she must submit to electric shock therapy…

  • Gregory

    So regrettable. I wonder what her lawyer and other advisors were thinking. By including the sensational allegations, she alienated herself from other cast members and has no doubt reduced her chances of being cast in other projects. Greed won out over reason.

  • LOL

    One day she will realize that not being on that sinking ship of a show anymore is a good thing.

    • TorontoTom

      The 4 stars are earning $400,000 pre episode and are beginning negotiations for a raise – and she’s should be grateful to be off the show?!? After this train wreck of an aborted lawsuit, she’s NOT going to be hired by anyone in Ho’wood. She’d be lucky to get work as a manicurist or the chick who sweeps up hair in the salon in the mall.

  • Brad in Edmonton

    Nicolette Sheridan, coming soon to a rural dinner theatre near you !!

    • TorontoTom

      Serving you your meal or bussing the table afterwards?

  • Jed

    Typical douchebag out for money…she never had a case to begin with.

  • Miss Talk

    “In exchange, Sheridan will not have to submit to a mental or physical examination.””
    Because clearly…

    • Tarc

      Yeah, clearly she would not want a psychiatrist anywhere near her own special brand of crazy…

  • Buffy Freak

    It’s too bad that some people never learn after shooting themselves in the foot the first time to never point a loaded gun in that direction again. She pulled the diva act on Knots Landing years ago, albeit not under the same circumstances. But so few actors ever get a part on a smash hit, long-running TV series and she managed to blow it TWICE.

  • sil

    It has nothing to do with Sheridan wanting money or publicity. Sounds to me like the mysogonistic abusers running the show had more political power in hollywood than she had will-power to sustain/endure their wrath. If she had stuck with it and won the case, she’d be hailed a heroine for all abused women everywhere. I’m sad she gave in, but understand the enormous pressure and bullying tactics she had to endure to make her claim. As long as women allow themselves to live in fear these “men” will continue their abusive behavior.

    • TorontoTom

      Yeah, because gay men are such a threat to women in Hollywood? Mark Cherry, a proud & out man, was the target of her delusional wrath. He wrote for The Golden Girls and runs Desperate Housewives. I don’t think he’s the one of the evil “men” that you’re talking about here.

      • truth

        Tom you have to understand American feminism sadly means females can murder and still be the victim, while men can be abused and it is all ok. Gay men are hated by women in America unless those gay men know their place as far as these women are concerned. Women here love it when gay are are simply bit parts in a movie but don’t want them to actually have any power or roles etc. As a proud feminism I find it sickening.

  • Dicazi

    IF Cherry had done the things she said, why wouldn’t she have reported it at the time? The fact that she made these claims only AFTER she was written out of the show speak volumes.

    • Diane

      IIRC she did make a complaint ‘at the time’ and ABC investigated and dismissed the complaint.

  • Wendamere

    Women in America hate gay men? Oh please. Several of my closest friends are or have been, gay men. They make terrific friends, a “safe” date, you’re not in “competition” for the same men, and they are generally loyal and funny as hell.

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