Desperate Housewives Trial Update: ABC Chief Approved Sheridan's Firing Months Before Alleged Abuse Incident
Posted on Mon Mar 12, 2012 08:15 AM PDT

mcpherson_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Former ABC president Stephen McPherson testified Friday that he approved a plan to kill off Nicollette Sheridan's character, Edie Britt, months before the alleged abuse incident occurred between the actress and show creator Marc Cherry.

McPherson's testimony backs the defense's case, which claims the decision to kill off Sheridan's role was made in May 2008 during a closed door meeting between the ABC chief, former Touchstone studio head Mark Pedowitz, executive producer Sabrina Wind, and defendant Marc Cherry. Sheridan's claims Cherry struck her in the head with his fingers occurred in September 2008.

When questioned as to why there were no memos written about the meeting, McPherson said simply: "We wanted to keep it confidential. We always do that with any character on the show. We don't want it to get out."

Sheridan's lawyers were quick to attack McPherson's credibility by raising questions as to why he resigned suddenly from the network in July 2010, but the judge ruled the inquiry irrelevant. At the time, the The Hollywood Reporter reported that his exit was related to an internal sexual harassment allegation, but nothing was ever confirmed.

McPherson now owns his own company, McPherson Global Ventures.