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The cast of Desperate Housewives is taking sides in the battle between producer Marc Cherry and Nicollette Sheridan. The women of Wisteria Lane -- Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker and Marcia Cross -- have issued a statement supporting their boss, dismissing Sheirdan's accusations that Cherry made the set a difficult place to work.
"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. "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."
Hatcher, who Sheridan's lawsuit claimed was also a target of Cherry's bad behavior after she complained to the higher-ups about him, called her involvement in the lawsuit "unfortunate and inappropriate," as Sheridan's attorneys made these claims without Hatcher's consent.
"While my adoration and respect for the classic and dynamic chemistry of the characters of Susan and Edie is indelible," Hatcher said, "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."
Sheridan filed a 20 million lawsuit last week, alleging assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. The actress claims Cherry created a hostile work environment on the set of the ABC drama and even hit her in the face during one particularly heated altercation.
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