Looped Legal Battle, in Midst of Valerie Harper's Cancer Diagnosis, Reaches $50,000 Settlement

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and Adam Hetrick
19 May 2014

Valerie Harper in <I>Looped</i>
Valerie Harper in Looped
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Tony Award nominee Valerie Harper, who withdrew from the national tour of the Matthew Lombardo play Looped following her cancer diagnosis — causing a legal battle with the playwright and producers of the production — has reached a settlement. 

According to the New York Daily News, court documents show that the lawsuit has been dismissed and that Lombardo has to pay Harper's attorney. TMZ reports that the amount is close to $50,000.

As previously reported, Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti, a producer on the Broadway production of Looped, filed suit against Lombardo, claiming the playwright failed to pay the remainder of her contract when she took medical leave from the production.

Lombardo and several producers on the Broadway production filed a countersuit against Harper and Cacciotti, seeking $500,000 to cover losses following Harper's departure from the production, in addition to $1.5 million for being "misled" about the actress' condition. 

Harper reportedly responded to the lawsuit by asking for a dismissal, claiming she found out about her cancer diagnosis the same time Lombardo did. She believed her lung cancer had been successfully removed after surgery following her initial 2009 diagnosis. However, in 2013, she learned that it had returned and spread to her brain.

Harper portrayed Tallulah Bankhead in Lombardo's 2010 Broadway play Looped, a role she was scheduled to reprise on tour. The tour, which had been slated to launch in early 2013, was delayed after Harper was hospitalized during rehearsals and took a medical leave from the production.

Stefanie Powers took over for Harper in the national tour. Three months later, Harper went public with her diagnosis of terminal cancer and stated that she had "as little as three months left to live." The actress has responded well to treatment and has since appeared on "Dancing with the Stars."