There's no wrath like that of a housewife scorned. Ever since being fired from the ABC series Desperate Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan has generated quite the list of complaints about the way she was treated both before and after her departure. And while we could just shrug her behavior off as pure bitterness from being "let go," some of the accusations were considered substantial enough to be taken to court and the trial began on March 1. Now that the trial is underway, here's a breakdown of the actress's three main allegations.
Sheridan claims she was slapped by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. After inquiring why a funny line of hers had been cut from the script, Cherry allegedly approached the star and forcefully hit her upside the head. Naturally, Sheridan was shocked and hurt by this lack of professionalism. Although Cherry apologized later, she still believed the action was highly uncalled for filed a lawsuit about the incident in 2010.
Shortly following the incident between her and Cherry, Sheridan was abruptly killed off of the show. And given that she had received no prior complaints from the network, the actress quickly came to the conclusion that her confrontation with Cherry was the main reason behind the decision. This, of course, led her to plead wrongful termination, believing that reasoning alone doesn't justify her termination from the series.
Breach of Verbal Contract
According to EW, Sheridan revealed to the court on March 1 that during a script reading for Season 4, Cherry had assured her that her character Edie would not be killed off of the show. She recounted him saying, “There’s definitely one character we won’t be killing off and that would be Edie Britt.” However, given that this was a vocal promise and not an official contract, it's doubtful that particular claim will hold up well in the trial.
Sheridan will be cross-examined by the defense in regards to these allegations on March 2.
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