Nicollette Sheridan Goes To Court With ABC Over Desperate Housewives Wrongful Termination
Posted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:26 AM PDT

nsheridan011111_01_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Nicollette Sheridan is set to have her day in court, with her jury trial against ABC for wrongful termination beginning today. Sheridan is out to prove that the network killed off her character after she spoke out against series creator Marc Cherry and his alleged abuse.

The actress initially made allegations of sexual abuse, gender harassment, assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination, and more, but during the pre-trial narrowed down her accusations to wrongful termination and battery. One of her most powerful arguments will reference a dispute with Cherry over a line of dialogue, whereby the executive supposedly struck her open-handed on the back of the head. Shortly after, her character, Edie Britt, was killed off in a shocking and unexpected episode.

If Sheridan is victorious, she will be eligible to collect one year's salary at about $4 million. Her original request to collect on pay from the show's full run was denied by the judge.

Sheridan plans to call a slew of witnesses to testify, including many top and current ABC executives, her entertainment lawyer, her publicist, and one of the show's former producers. On his behalf, Cherry will be calling castmembers Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria, along with 25 other individuals involved in production. Both Cherry and Sheridan will also testify.

ABC hopes to prove that the fate of Sheridan's character on the show was an inevitable side of scripted television, and that death of a character and the subsequent loss of an actor's job is routine.

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