Nicollette Sheridan - ABC Lawsuit Ends In Mistrial
Posted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 09:39 AM PDT

nsheridan030212_01_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and Desperate Housewives series creator Marc Cherry ended in a mistrial Monday.

Jurors felt that some of the key witnesses in the case weren't credible, and there were unanswered questions about how the investigation into the alleged abuse Sheridan suffered was handled by ABC.

"In my estimation," ABC's inquiry "wasn't handled correctly... I won't say there was a cover up. That's a strong word, but it wasn't handled right," juror Beverly Crosby said in a statement after the verdict was read.

Sheridan came off as someone who stood proud against a powerful network, and the jury voted 8-4 throughout all three days of considering the evidence. A key testimony made by Housewives executive producer George Perkins reinforced Sheridan's claims that her character was killed off in retaliation to her complaint about Cherry, but there was no "smoking gun" that could prove either side with absolute certainty.

Although ABC attorney Adam Levin believes he did his job by whittling down the actress' $20 million suit, it would have been more advantageous for the network to pay out a relatively small amount of money and settle the case. Sheridan is seeking $5.7 million in lost wages. Although it will cost hundreds of thousands more dollars in additional legal fees, both sides believe the trial will be resolved in the coming months.

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