'Desperate Housewives': Nicollette Sheridan lawsuit against Marc Cherry headed to trial
The actress filed a $20-million wrongful termination lawsuit against Cherry in April 2010, alleging he booted her from the ABC series after she complained to network brass that he'd hit her in the face and head. ABC said its investigation found "no merit" to her claims, but the actress pursued her own complaint in the legal system.
"It is clear to the court that this is something that needs to go to a jury," an L.A. Superior Court judge said Monday. A trial has been set to start June 8.
In her first internal complaint to ABC, Sheridan alleged Cherry slapped her across the face while was demonstrating some action for a scene. She said that after she complained, he sabotaged her on the show, in killing off her "Housewives" character soon after via electrocution.
When the suit was filed, the rest of the "Housewives" — Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman — backed Cherry, who'd essentially laughed off the accusations.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: NIcollette Sheridan attends the 2009 Screen Actors Guild awards. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.