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Nicollette Sheridan Sues 'Desperate Housewives' Creator

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Apr. 6 2010, Published 4:28 a.m. ET

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Nicollette Sheridan has sued the creator of the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives for allegedly hitting her across the head and face on the set after she complained he fired her, TMZ reports.

In the legal papers, obtained by TMZ, Nicollette is suing creator Marc Cherry for assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination for more than $20 million.

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Nicollette claims Marc created a hostile work environment from the beginning of her time on the show, "behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show," according to the suit.

The actress claims during the fifth season, the situation between her and Marc escalated.

On Sept. 24, 2008, Nicollette claims he physically assaulted her after she questioned him about something in the script.

"Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head," according to the lawsuit.

After the alleged assault, Marc went to her trailer to "beg forgiveness."

Nicollette says she immediately reported the incident to ABC, but Cherry's abusive behavior only worsened and ABC failed to take action, TMZ reports.

Nicollette isn't the only housewife mentioned in the suit.

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The legal papers document that when Marc disovered Teri Hatcher complained about him to his superiors, he said, "I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies."

Nicollette also claims she was killed off the show unfairly.

Nicollette — who played Wisteria Lane's bad-girl, drama queen Edie Britt — was one of the original cast members of the show.

“When the show started it was such a different beast," she told TV Guide in an interview last April, after he decision to leave the show. "It was exciting and dangerous and funny and edgy and bizarre. It started feeling a little complacent, and that was very frustrating.”

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