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Thursday
Apr192012

New Trial in Nicollette Sheridan's Lawsuit Scheduled for September

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- A new trial in former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC has been scheduled for Sept. 10, according to Deadline.com.

Last month, a Los Angeles judge declared a mistrial in the case after the jury reported it was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan.  She has claimed she was fired from Desperate Housewives because she complained about a September 2008 incident in which, she alleged, series creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head during rehearsals.

A battery claim against Cherry was dismissed during the initial trial.

A motion by the defense to dismiss the case was rejected by a judge on Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Mar202012

Mistrial Declared in Nicollette Sheridan-"Desperate Housewives" Case

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles judge on Monday declared a mistrial in Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination case against ABC after the jury remained deadlocked.

The jury reported it was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan, according to Deadline.com.  It told the court that additional closing arguments from both sides would not help it reach a verdict.  The jury began its deliberations last Wednesday and had been deadlocked since late last week.

Sheridan alleged that she was fired from ABC's Desperate Housewives because she complained about a September 2008 incident in which, she alleged, series creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head during rehearsals.

Cherry contended that he tapped her on the side of the head while demonstrating to her what he wanted her to do to another character.  He also testified that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, months before the altercation.

Cherry was removed as a defendant in the case after the battery claim against him was dismissed during the trial.

An April 13 meeting has been scheduled in order to determine a retrial date.

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Thursday
Mar152012

Deliberations Begin in "Desperate Housewives" Trial

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in the Nicollette Sheridan-Desperate Housewives trial began its deliberations in a Los Angeles court Wednesday afternoon, according to Deadline.com.

Sheridan is suing ABC, claiming she was wrongfully terminated from the show because she complained about an incident in which, she alleged, series creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head.  A battery claim against Cherry was dismissed earlier this week.

In his closing statement Wednesday, Sheridan's lawyer, Mark Baute, called Cherry a "liar" for stating during his testimony that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character months before his altercation with her in September 2008.  He also said that producer Touchstone "is not particularly concerned if a woman gets hit by a man who runs a billion-dollar show."

A defense attorney contended that Cherry was telling the truth, and that it is "desperate" to suggest that witnesses would fabricate the timeline of events that led up to Sheridan's firing.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

Nicollette Sheridan's Battery Claim Dismissed

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is in the clear after a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday dismissed actress Nicollette Sheridan's battery claim against him in a lawsuit.

The judge determined that Sheridan did not meet the standard of proof for battery.

Sheridan's allegation that Cherry struck her on the head during a rehearsal for the ABC series in September 2008 has been the focal point of an ongoing trial in L.A.

Following Tuesday's decision, Cherry told reporters outside of court, "Obviously I'm thrilled by the judge's decision but I'm going to withhold commentary on this matter until the entire case is resolved. ...I'm a very happy man."

Though Cherry is no longer a defendant in Sheridan's lawsuit, she is still pursuing an allegation against ABC that she was wrongfully terminated because she complained about the incident.  Cherry has maintained that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character months before his altercation with her.

Earlier in the day, a construction coordinator for the show, Michael Reinhart, took the stand, just days after he left a voicemail for Sheridan's lawyer that purportedly suggested a cover-up.  In the voicemail, Reinhart said he accidentally was copied on an email asking ABC's IT department to delete references to Sheridan's firing from the network's hard drives.

Deadline.com reports that Reinhart on Tuesday testified he only recalls the words "Nicollette Sheridan," "IT" and "delete" in the email.   He said he immediately deleted the email because he didn't feel it was his "business."

Reinhart said he contacted Sheridan's lawyer about the email over the weekend because it had been weighing on his mind for a long time, and he wanted "equal footing for both parties."  The defense will perform a forensic examination of his computer.

Reinhart also testified that Sheridan's lawyer offered to help him find work following his concerns that he might have hurt his career by coming forward.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

Did ABC Try to Cover Up Nicollette Sheridan’s Firing?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicollette Sheridan's lawyers released surprise evidence in the star's Desperate Housewives trial Monday that could be very beneficial to their wrongful termination lawsuit.

Lawyers for the actress played a voicemail left by a "lower level" Desperate Housewives employee who said he was accidentally added to an email chain sent to ABC's IT department, asking them to erase any reference to Sheridan's firing from the company's hard drives.

The email was sent to senior producers shortly after Sheridan filed her suit on April 5, 2010, Deadline.com reports.

The employee said the email chain was “definitely a conspiracy to cover up correspondence."  The witness reportedly was ordered to appear in court Tuesday.

Sheridan is suing Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and ABC for wrongful termination, claiming she was fired because she complained about a 2008 incident during which, she claims, Cherry struck her in the head.  She seeks more than $6 million.

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Friday
Mar092012

'Desperate Housewives' Creator Recalls Sheridan Incident in Court

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- In a Los Angeles court on Thursday , Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry offered his version of what happened on the day Nicollette Sheridan claims he struck her in the head.

She is suing Cherry and ABC for wrongful termination, claiming she was fired because she complained about the incident.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cherry testified that on Sept. 24, 2008, he was working with Sheridan on a funny way for her character, Edie Britt, to leave a scene.  He said he tapped her on the side of the head, demonstrating what he wanted her to do to another character.  He said Sheridan then yelled at him for hitting her and walked off the set.

Cherry said he never intended to harm her.  He said that following the altercation, he apologized to her at her trailer for upsetting her, and they hugged.

Cherry again stated that he made the decision to kill off Sheridan's character months before the incident took place -- a claim backed by an executive producer who also testified on Thursday.

Perhaps the most noteworthy item to come from the trial on Thursday was Desperate Housewives actor James Denton discussing on the stand how the show has eliminated many characters through the years.

His words proved to be prophetic because, as Deadline.com reports, a Desperate Housewives producer later testified that Denton's character, Mike Delfino, will be killed off in this Sunday's episode.

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Thursday
Mar082012

'Desperate Housewives' Creator Returns to Stand in Nicollette Sheridan Case

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The timeline of Nicollette Sheridan's firing from Desperate Housewives was the subject of debate at an ongoing Los Angeles trial on Wednesday.

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has contended that he decided to kill off Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, months before the September 2008 incident during which, she claims, he struck her in the head.

The Hollywood Reporter
says that on Wednesday, Cherry testified that he considered eliminating Sheridan's character as early as the show's third season.  The actress ultimately left the show after five seasons.

Cherry's lawyer presented writer's cards from May 2008 listing ideas for killing off her character.

Cherry has cited creative and financial reasons for the decision, but on Wednesday he also claimed that Sheridan had been unprofessional on set at times.  He testified that she sometimes didn't know her lines or made "insulting comments about her dialogue."

Cherry also said that during the show's first season, Sheridan and co-star Teri Hatcher were at odds with one another during the shooting of a scene.  He said Sheridan told him that "Teri Hatcher was the meanest woman in the world because of how she was acting."  He did not continue the story after Sheridan's lawyer objected.

Later on Wednesday, a former writer for the show, Lori Kirkland Baker, testified that she first learned of the decision to kill off Sheridan's character in December 2008, contradicting Cherry's claims.  She said she did not recognize the parts of the May 2008 writers' notes that mentioned killing off the character.

Sheridan, who claims she was fired because she complained about her altercation with Cherry, is seeking more than $6 million.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Nicollette Sheridan's Lawyer Says She Was Afraid of Retribution

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicollette Sheridan, who claims Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry struck her in the head in September of 2008, did not press the matter with ABC executives after the network investigated the incident because she was afraid he would exact retribution on her, according to her lawyer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, entertainment attorney Neil Meyer told a Los Angeles court on Tuesday, "She was concerned if we brought this up, her job would be in jeopardy."

Sheridan has alleged in her lawsuit against ABC and Cherry that she was fired from the show because she complained about the incident.  ABC reportedly informed Sheridan in December of 2008 that it found that Cherry had "tapped" her on the head and that it considered the matter closed.

Meyer said Sheridan has not found much acting work since her firing from the show.

Mark Pedowitz, the former head of ABC Studios, also testified on Tuesday, supporting Cherry's previous statement that the decision to kill off Sheridan's character was made months before her alleged altercation with Cherry.

Sheridan is seeking more than $6 million.

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Tuesday
Mar062012

'Desperate Housewives' Creator Marc Cherry Testifies at Trial

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The creator of Desperate Housewives said Monday that he decided to kill off Nicollette Sheridan's character on the ABC series months before he allegedly struck her in the head.

Marc Cherry addressed the incident in a Los Angeles court Monday during an ongoing trial regarding Sheridan's claim that she was wrongfully terminated from the show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cherry said he was granted permission during a May 2008 meeting with the then-head producer of Touchstone to eliminate Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, the following season.  Cherry cited financial and creative reasons for the decision.  Cherry said the president of ABC's entertainment division later gave his consent as well.

Sheridan testified last week that in September 2008, a frustrated Cherry struck her "upside the head" with his right hand.  He responded Monday that he hit her with his "fingers" while demonstrating to her physical humor he wanted her to perform in a scene she was rehearsing.  He said he's felt terribly about the incident "going on three and a half years now."

According to E! Online, Cherry testified that Sheridan's then-co-stars, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman, were "relieved" to learn in December of 2008 that her character would be killed off.

Sheridan, who claims she was let go because she complained about the altercation, is seeking more than $6 million.

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Monday
Mar052012

Nicollette Sheridan Cross-Examined at 'Desperate Housewives' Trial

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan was cross-examined Friday in a Los Angeles court, as the trial over her firing from the ABC series continued.

The atmosphere was tense at times, as a lawyer for series creator Marc Cherry -- whom Sheridan claims once assaulted her -- stated that she's offered differing accounts of what happened during the 2008 incident.  The lawyer said Sheridan previously testified that Cherry "hit" her, but that in a sworn statement she described the attack as a "slap."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan said in an angry tone, “I feel you are misconstruing what was done to me."  She said her lawyer filled out the document and she didn't notice the description of the alleged attack before signing it.

Sheridan previously testified that Cherry apologized to her following the incident, but she said Friday that on the day after the alleged assault she told a producer that she wanted Cherry to send her flowers and apologize again.  She said the producer later told her that Cherry turned down her request.

Friday's session ended with a seven-minute montage of every Desperate Housewives character that has been killed off.

The 48-year-old actress has claimed she was fired from the show in 2009 after she complained about the alleged assault.  Potential witnesses in the trial include her former Desperate Housewives co-stars: Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman.

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