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'Desperate Housewives' creator denies anger at Nicollette Sheridan

March 8, 2012 |  1:57 pm

Nicollete Sheridan and Desperate Housewives
After he was accused of hitting actress Nicollette Sheridan during a rehearsal, “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry apologized for hurting her feelings and gave her a hug and a plum line of dialogue.

But, he testified Thursday, he drew the line when she asked for a bouquet of flowers.

“I thought, ‘No, no. That’s saying something more [happened] and that’s not true,” Cherry told a Los Angeles jury in the wrongful-termination and battery suit brought by Sheridan.

Cherry, whose four days of testimony have been interrupted repeatedly to accommodate other witnesses, offered jurors his first full account of the 2008 on-set encounter that Sheridan claims led to her being written off the show.

In her testimony, Sheridan said a furious Cherry gave her a “wallop” in the temple that jerked her head back, but he insisted he was never frustrated or angry.

He said that when the actress complained that he had cut a particularly funny line for her character, Edie Britt, he suggested they replace it with a piece of physical comedy, such as a slap or a pinch to her on-screen husband.

“Miss Sheridan seemed to be very confused by what I meant,” Cherry said. He said that to explain, “I reached over and tapped her on the side of her head, you know, trying to help her.”

She gave him an “odd look” for several seconds “as if she was making a decision,” Cherry said. “She started yelling, ‘You hit me! You hit me!'”

She fled to her trailer and after consulting with his assistant and director, Cherry followed.

“I decided to apologize because I needed to get her back to that set,” he said.


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Photo: The cast of "Desperate Housewives," from left, Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria in 2005. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times.