Golden Globe-winning "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan has sued the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, claiming he assaulted her on the set and then had her fired for complaining about him.
The suit, seeking $20 million in damages, was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The lawsuit, which also names Touchstone Television, ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment Group, alleges wrongful termination, assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and age, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Sheridan claims Cherry created a hostile work environment, "from the inception of the show," behaving in a "rude and degrading manner" and is know for "regularly demeaning writers and staff in front of others," according to the lawsuit.
She claims that Cherry went to her trailer to "beg for forgiveness," but after she reported him to ABC, her character was written off the show, "resulting in her losing millions in future earnings," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit says the actress was contracted for a miminum of 13 episodes per season. During season five, compensation was at $175,000 per episode, to increase $25,000 in season six and $50,000 in season seven.
Sheridan claims the network did nothing about her complaints.