Nicollette Sheridan and “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry have
finally taken their dispute to court. Sheridan has sued Cherry and ABC
because she believes he killed off her character after the two scuffled
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trial could last around 11 days
thanks to each side’s multitude of witnesses, including stars and
executives from the series. Initially Sheridan sued for $20 million in
damages for sexual and gender harassment, assault and battery,
infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination and more charges,
but pre-trial motions have narrowed down the list of charges to
wrongful termination and battery.
If Sheridan wins, she could collect around $4 million, the equivalent of
one year’s salary. Sheridan alleges that after she complained to ABC
execs that Chery struck her in the head during a 2008 rehearsal, her
character, Edie Britt, was killed off a couple of months later as a retaliation for complaining.