Nicollette Sheridan Drops Abuse From 'Desperate Housewives' Suit: Why?

Linda Sharps

Back in April, Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan filed an explosive lawsuit against ABC and the show's creator, Marc Cherry. She claimed he forcefully hit her in the face on the set and that she was then fired in retaliation for complaining about him, "resulting in her losing millions in future earnings."

Sheridan, whose character was killed off the show in 2009, sued for $20 million, alleging assault and battery, gender violence, and wrongful termination. She claims Cherry created a hostile work environment, "behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner," and that he directed his abuse at other cast and crew members—even at star Teri Hatcher.

"I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies," Cherry told Sheridan, according to the lawsuit.

In a surprise move by Sheridan, she has now agreed to drop the physical injury and emotional distress charges. On Friday, Sheridan amended her lawsuit to drop the claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, and agrees she won't assert any claim for emotional or physical damages.

Sheridan had said that she suffered and continues to suffer distress because of the alleged incident. The defense countered by requesting that she undergo physical and psychiatric evaluations.

Under the new terms, she will not have to undergo a physical or psychological evaluation.

Sheridan maintains those claims are still valid, and that she simply wants to streamline the case. Now, clearly we don't know what legal machinations are going on and why she may have chosen this tactic—but if this guy actually did hit her, why back off on that part? Is it because it would be too difficult, all these months later, to prove what sort of distress she may be experiencing? Would it cause further distress to be subjected to the evaluations?

Maybe this is just the fastest path to any sort of justice, I don't know. But if he were truly innocent, I wonder if the defense would be so eager to drop their own demands?

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