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Valerie Harper Sued After Dropping Out of Play Due to Cancer Battle

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Valerie Harper has been sued for $2 million by producers of a touring play after she bowed out over a year ago due to her latest battle with cancer.

The complaint centers around Harper's role in a national tour of the Broadway play Looped, which she gave up in early 2013.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, playwright Matthew Lombardo and producers say Harper had been forgetting her lines and slurring her speech during rehearsals, so she was asked to see a doctor. It was then that she learned she had brain cancer, forcing her to drop out of the show.

The plaintiffs contend that Harper had intentionally failed to inform them that she was battling cancer in order to keep her job. They say it cost $500,000 to replace Harper.

The complaint follows a lawsuit filed by Harper in which she claims she's owed money from her contract despite leaving the production.

Harper, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009, recently said she's "cautiously optimistic" about her current condition, though she denied a report that she is cancer-free.

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