Valerie Harper to be sued by Broadway producers. The former Mary Tyler More Show actress (Rhoda Morgentern) may be as she hid her Cancer. the person in question Matthew Lombardo and Looped producers have thrown accusations around that the Valerie star failed to tell them because she just wanted to hold onto her job. The seventy four year old is now facing a two million dollar lawsuit for not saying she had brain cancer before she signed on. Lombardo claims Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti
“knowingly withheld the truth” about her lung cancer until it spread to her brain in order to keep her job. The former star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” forgot her lines and slurred her speech during rehearsals, and was later forced to pull out of the production due to her health issues.
Lombardo demands $500,000 for the inconvenience since they had to find Harper’s replacement on short notice, and additional $1.5 million because Harper misled them. The lawsuit was filed in response to a lawsuit filed by Harper, in which she claims Lombardo refused to pay her the rest of her salary as set forth in her contract.
Following her diagnosis, Harper participated on “Dancing With the Stars” season 17. She recently denied that she’s cancer free, telling Us Weekly,
“In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free,’ I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future.”