ABC has enlisted Adam Levin, an employment litigation specialist who successfully defended Warner Bros. TV against a harassment claim filed by a ‘Friends’ writers’ assistant, in its bid to squelch the lawsuit filed by former ‘Desperate Housewives‘ cast member Nicollette Sheridan.
“We have served subpoenas and are vigorously moving forward with our defense,” Levin told the Hollywood Reporter.
Levin aims to videotape Sheridan’s deposition as early as August, and in the meantime is seeking information on the actress from agents at Innovative Artists and Don Buchwald & Associates, and the BWR publicity firm.
Sheridan on April 5 filed a $20 million suit against ABC and ‘Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry, claiming that the show boss once struck her on the set and inflicted emotional distress that led to her being fired from the series.
ABC originally responded to the suit by deeming Sheridan’s allegations “without merit.” In fact, the actress recently amended her suit with language that reclassified the physical assault as a “light tap” on her head.
Still, she maintains that ABC and Cherry’s behavior was not in keeping with the atmosphere of “professionalism and courtesy” the two sides had agreed to engage in once she learned her run was ending.