March 19th, 2012 by faye
“Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher has reportedly sued a former employee, claiming the woman copied thousands of emails from Hatcher’s computer.
Hatcher says documents aren’t being delivered to her legal team in a timely manner, and that should be grounds for dismissal. However, the woman being sued, ex-staffer Jennifer Glassman, had already sued Teri Hatcher for supposedly offering her a partnership at her production company and then unceremoniously firing her a bit later after running her ragged.
According to court documents filed March 7, Teri Hatcher claims that those letters contained details about her health and personal relationships, as well as work-related emails that detailed different opportunities she was considering beyond “Desperate Housewives.”
The show, which has been dragged from previous weeks by the almost-over legal battle between former star Nicollette Sheridan and ABC Entertainment with Marc Cherry, signs off on May 13 after eight seasons.
The actress’ complaint states that Jennifer Glassman came to work for her ISBE Productions in 2006 as a contracted consultant and Disney chose to bring her on exclusively to work for the company of Teri Hatcher the following year – which, the suit states, required Glassman to sign a confidentiality agreement. Teri Hatcher argues that Jennifer Glassman resigned from her position in February 2010, requesting that she get a severance package and maintain “only a personal relationship and not a business relationship” with Hatcher.
On the other hand, Glassman’s lawyer states in court documents, “Hatcher and ISBE Productions are bringing this motion in an attempt to unnecessarily halt and stall this litigation.”
“Plaintiff has worked with Defendants for the last two months in a good faith attempt to address and resolve document production issues so that this matter could proceed accordingly…Plaintiff does not believe there is any spoliation issue that would justify staying these proceedings.”
Jennifer Glassman was the vice president of the production company of Teri Hatcher. She is suing Hatcher for fraud, wrongful termination, and emotional distress. Glassman claims she was fired after she helped Teri Hatcher launch a website for which she was supposed to get 50% of the profits. Jennifer Glassman never got the deal in writing.
Glassman claimed she had to deal with Teri’s “mood swings and and unusual requests.”