Valerie Harper sued for $2 million by playwright for not saying her cancer returned
NEW YORK (PIX11) — Valerie Harper is being sued by Matthew Lombardo for not informing him that her cancer had returned, TMZ is reporting.
Playwright Matthew Lombardo and the producers of his Broadway show “Looped” are suing the actress claiming she intentionally failed to notify them in 2012 when her cancer had returned.
Harper was in rehearsals for the show when she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.
Lombardo claims that Harper failed to tell them that her lung cancer had spread to her brain so she could keep her job.
Harper was said to have dropped out of the Broadway production the same month of her diagnosis, leaving the producers with no replacement, the Daily News reports.
At the time of the diagnosis, Harper was given just months to live by doctors.
The lawsuit states the production lost in excess of $500,000 due to having to replace Harper on such short notice.
Producers added an additional $1.5 million to the lawsuit because of Harper’s misdeeds.