Valerie Harper is currently being sued by her Broadway producers because she got brain cancer during their show rehearsals, hurting production in the process.
This bizarre suit was filed in response to an earlier one filed by the actress, who is claiming that the producers have refused to pay out the rest of her contract because she dropped out to get treatment.
Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, but she continued working and eventually landed the role of Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo’s Broadway show, Looped. But in 2012, she was told by the director to seek medical attention after she began forgetting lines and slurring her speech.
This she did that same month, and was diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.
Harper was given just six months to live but more than a year later, she’s still alive thanks to the medication she’s taking. When she demanded she be paid as stipulated by her contract, the producers refused, prompting her to sue.
Now in a countersuit filed in response, Lombardo and the other producers are claiming she hid the brain cancer diagnosis from them in a sinister plot to keep her job and so, she doesn’t deserve to be paid. In fact, Lombardo says she maliciously left him to scramble for a new replacement.
Lombardo is demanding that Harper pay him $500,000 to cover the cost of hiring a new actress, as well as an additional $1.5 million in damages.