Desperate Housewives Trial: Judge Dismisses Sheridan's Battery Claim
Posted on Wed Mar 14, 2012 09:50 AM PDT

nsheridan030212_01_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Nicollette Sheridan's battery claim against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has been dismissed. LA Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White issued the verdict Tuesday morning as part of a discussion giving the jury instructions. The ruling means that Cherry is no longer a defendant in the case.

Although Sheridan and her lawyers were upset with the decision, they are moving forward with their wrongful termination claims against ABC. Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, was killed off the show following the incident with Cherry, and her counsel believes it was retaliation.

The decision to dismiss the battery case comes on the heels of surprise witness Michael Reinhart, who testified that he saw an e-mail in fall 2010 which directed the show's producers and ABC executives to delete all correspondence regarding the killing of Sheridan's character. He also stated that he was reluctant to testify because of the possible ramifications to his career, but he felt it was necessary to equalize the inequality.

Following Cherry's dismissal, he issued a brief statement to the media: "Obviously I'm thrilled by the judge's decision. But I'm going to withhold further comment until this matter is resolved completely."

Closing arguments are expected to wrap up Wednesday. Each side has been given two hours to sum up their case before it goes to the jury.