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Jury to resume deliberations in 'Desperate Housewives' lawsuit

March 19, 2012 |  7:35 am

Nicollette SheridanJurors weighing the wrongful termination suit of actress Nicollette Sheridan against “Desperate Housewives” creator Mark Cherry and Touchstone Television Production were due to resume deliberations after indicating they were deadlocked.

Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White instructed the jury to continue deliberations Monday after jurors said Friday they were “hopelessly deadlocked.”

Nine of 12 jurors must agree on a verdict; the panel did not indicate how it was split.

Sheridan alleged in the suit that her character was killed off the ABC drama in retaliation after she filed a complaint saying Cherry struck her in the head during rehearsal.

Cherry and the production company contended in the two-week trial that he only tapped the actress on the head to demonstrate a stage direction and that the decision for the character’s demise had been made months prior.

Sheridan, 48, is seeking $5.7 million in damages.


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Photo: Actress Nicollete Sheridan in the show "Desperate Housewives." Credit: Danny Feld / ABC