Nicollette Sheridan Bracing for Character Smear

04/06/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET

Nicollette Sheridan won’t be surprised if the legal response against her is, well, desperate.

After filing a lawsuit Monday alleging she was assaulted and then was wrongly fired from ABC’s Desperate Housewives, her lawyer alleges show creator Marc Cherry was abusive on the set – and the attorney anticipates more of the same now.

“We expect the case to be hard fought, and it will not be a surprise if ABC and Mr. Cherry try to depict Nicollette to be something other than a team player and long-standing industry professional,” says attorney Mark Baute.


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