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Deadlocked ‘Desperate Housewives’ jury to keep deliberating

March 16, 2012 |  7:19 am


Jurors deliberating actress Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination claim against the creator of "Desperate Housewives" must resume their work Friday morning even though they said they were deadlocked.


On Thursday, after a day of deliberations, the foreman reported that the jury was split, though he did not reveal how. Nine of 12 jurors must agree to render a verdict.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White told the jury to spend the evening relaxing and return refreshed Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Sheridan, 48, alleged during the two-week trial that her character was killed off the ABC soap in retaliation for a complaint she made accusing creator Marc Cherry of striking her in the head during a rehearsal.

Cherry and his co-defendant, Touchstone Television Production, maintain that he only tapped her on the head to demonstrate a stage direction and had decided to eliminate her character months before.

Sheridan, who earned $4 million a year as well as back-end profits, is seeking economic damages of $5.7 million.


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-- Harriet Ryan

Left photo: Nicollette Sheridan Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images

Right photo: Marc Cherry Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press