Nicollette Sheridan drops abuse claims in lawsuit

Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:41pm EST
 
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By Matthew Belloni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Remember those bombshell allegations of physical and emotional abuse on the set of "Desperate Housewives" that Nicollette Sheridan lobbed at ABC and the show's creator Marc Cherry in April?

Well, now the actress has agreed to drop the most explosive claims in her $20 million lawsuit against the network and Cherry.

In a joint stipulation filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sheridan drops her claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress and agrees she won't assert any claim for emotional or physical damages.

In exchange, she won't have to submit to a mental or physical examination.

So what's left in the lawsuit? Sheridan, who sued ABC, Cherry and Touchstone Television in response to her being kicked off the show, alleged assault and battery, wrongful termination and sex and gender discrimination, can still proceed with the case. But her damages could be severely limited. But at least she doesn't have to submit to a psychiatric evaluation.

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)