Desperate Housewives Stars: "No First-Hand Knowledge" of Assault
The remaining stars of Desperate Housewives have spoken out about Nicollette Sheridan's accusations of assault and battery against show creator Marc Cherry.
On Tuesday, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker and Teri Hatcher released a collective statement to UsMagazine.com:
"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. We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicolette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterize our set as a hostile environment. It is, in fact, the opposite. 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."
In a lawsuit filed in an L.A. court April 5, Sheridan, 46, asked for $20 million in damages, alleging assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. In addition to her claims that Cherry hit her, Sheridan also says that costar Hatcher complained to ABC about Cherry. The papers claim Cherry said "I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies."
Hatcher wasn't pleased with her name being brought up in the suit. She adds in a statement:
"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."