2 'Desperate Housewives' trial jurors: Credibility was key issue
Two jurors who sided with actress Nicollette Sheridan in her wrongful-termination lawsuit against the production company behind "Desperate Housewives" said their decision came down to the credibility of witnesses who testified in the two-week trial.
Beverly Crosby and Johnny Huynh were among the eight jurors who voted for the actress, ultimately ending in a hung jury one vote shy of a verdict for Sheridan. Speaking to throngs reporters outside the courthouse, the two said they questioned the testimony of some of those who testified for the defense.
"I wouldn't say scripted; it's more like the story didn't match," Hyunh said, responding to a reporter who asked if the defense witnesses' testimony seemed rehearsed.
Crosby said she found Sheridan to be credible, while the account the defense witnesses gave "didn't hold water for me."
None of the jurors who voted against the actress' claim spoke to the media.
In the two-week trial, Sheridan contended her character was killed off the ABC show in retaliation after she filed a complaint that Mark Cherry, the show's creator, hit her on her head during rehearsal.
Cherry testified he was only demonstrating a stage direction and that the decision on the character's death was made earlier.
Crosby said she believed Sheridan's claim, and felt it was irrelevant whether it was the contact was called a slap, hit or tap.
"The evidence showed she was struck, so we didn't get bogged down with the terminology," she said. "I looked at the fact that she was touched without permission."
-- Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan at Los Angeles Superior Court
Photo: Nicollette Sheridan arrives at court on March 15. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press