Jurors speak out after 'Desperate Housewives' trial
Eight jurors -– one short of the nine required for a verdict in civil court -– sided with Nicollette Sheridan’s claim that she was written off "Desperate Housewives" because she complained the program’s creator struck her on the head during a rehearsal.
The rest voted with Touchstone Television Productions, whose lawyers said creator Marc Cherry never hit Sheridan and had plotted her character Edie’s death months before the actress made the allegation.
The trial ended with a hung jury Monday after deliberating four days.
During the two-week trial, numerous witnesses from the show recalled the 2008 incident that ended with Sheridan yelling “You hit me! You can’t hit me!” and storming off the set.
Two jurors who voted for Sheridan said the case came down to witness credibility. Juror Beverly Crosby said she found Sheridan believable while the accounts of defense witnesses “didn’t hold water for me.”
Juror Johnny Hyunh hesitated when asked if the witnesses seemed rehearsed.
“I wouldn’t say scripted. It’s more like the story didn’t match,” Hyunh said.
No jurors who cast their votes for Cherry attended the news conference.
Sheridan, who earned $4 million a year playing Edie, had sought at least $5.7 million for economic losses and potentially much more in punitive damages.
-- Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim at L.A. County Superior Court