‘Housewives’ Support Producer in Nicollette Sheridan Dispute

'Desperate Housewives' (Photo: ABC)

'Desperate Housewives' (Photo: ABC)

Nicollette Sheridan has filed a lawsuit against ‘Desperate Housewives‘ creator Marc Cherry, saying he struck her across the face on the set and was then fired, according to TMZ.

However, her former ‘Housewives’ co-stars Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman issued a joint statement pledging their support for Cherry (via PEOPLE).

“It would be irresponsible of us to let the public believe that being a part of this show from its inception has been anything but a blessing,” the statement says. “We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicollette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterize our set as a hostile environment. It is, in fact, the opposite,” the statement continues.

According to legal papers, Sheridan is suing for $20 million claiming assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. She claims Cherry created a hostile work environment by “behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show.”

Co-Star: Lawsuit ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’

According to TMZ, Sheridan claims that Cherry directed his abuse at other cast and crew members, including star Teri Hatcher.

Hatcher says: “While my adoration and respect for the classic and dynamic chemistry of the characters of Susan and Edie is indelible, I’m honored to stand with Eva, Felicity and Marcia, as a group and clarify that our set environment is nothing less than an amazingly positive experience. I have never felt discriminated against. In fact, I have felt heard and respected by Marc and other executives in regards to both my professional and personal needs.”

“The friendships and support that Marc Cherry, the cast, the crew and the producers have shared for the past six years have made this a wonderful job that we are grateful for every day,” the ‘Housewives’ statement said.

‘Housewives’ Unite to Defend Their Boss:

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