Beleaguered former “Desperate Housewives” actress, Nicollette Sheridan might become desperate as it looks increasingly like she may not win her claim of being wrongfully terminated from the show. Most recent news headlines read California Supreme Court denies appeal in “Desperate Housewives” lawsuit against ABC and Touchstone Television.
Sheridan’s problems with Marc Cherry and ABC started in the summer of 2008. Sheridan is reported to have asked for a private meeting with ““Desperate Housewives’” producer Marc Cherry. In that meeting, Sheridan asked Cherry he had a problem with her and/or a problem with her work. Sheridan recalls the producer telling her he didn’t have a problem with her nor her work.
On September 24, Sheridan claims the producer lashed out at her, when she questioned concern about something in the show’s script, Cherry took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head.”
Court documents reveals that Sheridan yelled back, “You just hit me in the head. That is not okay. THAT IS NOT OKAY!”.
Still recounting her story, Sheridan states that “Cherry went to her trailer to “beg forgiveness.”
After Sheridan later reported him to ABC, his behavior allegedly worsened. She was informed in February 2009 that her character was being written off the show and she was being fired.
Following Sheridan’s alleged termination from “Desperate Housewives,” she filed a $20 million lawsuit alleging assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination. She claims series creator Marc Cherry created a hostile work environment, “behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner.”
After plenty of preparation, Sheridan’s trial began in the last week of February, 2012 with jury selection.
During the civil trial, ABC argued that it had approved the death of Sheridan’s Edie Britt character in May 2008 — four months before Cherry had struck the actress at the beginning of season 5 in September 2008. Sheridan was killed off later that season after, her attorneys allege, Cherry was cleared of wrongdoing by ABC.
“The evidence showed she was struck, so we didn’t get bogged down with the terminology,” Crosby said. “I looked at the fact that she was touched without permission.”
The jury went into the weekend deadlocked but Judge Elizabeth Allen White urged them to try to resolve Sheridan’s $6 million suit against ABC.
On March 19, 2012, Superior Court judge, Elizabeth Allen White declared a mistrial after the jury was split 8 to 4 in favor of the actress — one short of the nine needed to make a decision.
In Sheridan’s first court appeal, a three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with attorneys for ABC and Touchstone Television that Sheridan left the show when her contract was not renewed after the show’s fifth season, and that barred the actress from receiving a new trial of her wrongful termination lawsuit.
“Sheridan cannot pursue a cause of action for wrongful termination in violation of public policy because, contrary to what she claims, she was not fired, discharged or terminated,” the court wrote in a 10-page ruling.
The court, however, ruled that Sheridan should be allowed to file an amended lawsuit claiming retaliation, although her damages would be limited to her salary losses.
Friday marked Sheridan’s latest setback as the California Supreme Court has denied Nicollette Sheridan’s appeal in her “Desperate Housewives” wrongful termination case.
In the ruling announced on Friday, chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote, “The petition for review is denied. The request for an order requesting depublication of the opinion is denied.”
It’s not clear whether Sheridan intends to continue seeking legal options.
“Desperate Housewives” concluded its eight-season run this year.
Calls to Sheridan’s representatives were not immediately returned Sunday.