‘Des­per­ate Housewives’ trial on Sheri­dan’s fir­ing be­gins

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

Ni­col­lette Sheri­dan should re­ceive $6 mil­lion for her char­ac­ter be­ing killed off “Des­per­ate Housewives” af­ter the show’s cre­ator slapped her, her at­tor­ney said Wed­nes­day as a de­fense lawyer ar­gued that her on-screen demise was a nat­u­ral part of tele­vi­sion.

The du­el­ing char­ac­ter­i­za­tions of a dis­pute be­tween Miss Sheri­dan and “Housewives” cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Marc Cherry were pre­sented to ju­rors in open­ing re­marks of a case that will of­fer glimpses into the be­hind-the-scenes ma­neu­vers of a hit TV show.

Miss Sheri­dan, 48, was sched­uled to be the trial’s first wit­ness on Thurs­day, As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports. Her wrong­ful-ter­mi­na­tion and bat­tery trial cen­ters on whether her com­plaints about Mr. Cherry’s slap — de­scribed by her at­tor­ney as a hard whack and by a de­fense lawyer as a tap meant to give artis­tic di­rec­tion — led to her char­ac­ter, Edie Britt’s, vi­o­lent demise and the loss of her $175,000-an-episode job.

Mark Baute, Miss Sheri­dan’s at­tor­ney, claims her char­ac­ter was killed off only af­ter ABC, which airs the se­ries, cleared Mr. Cherry of wrong­do­ing. He told ju­rors that de­ter­mi­na­tion was made af­ter a sham in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the plot­line was hastily planned.

Mr. Cherry and ABC have de­nied all wrong­do­ing. Adam Levin, who rep­re­sents Mr. Cherry and ABC, said he would present ev­i­dence that the decision to kill off Miss Sheri­dan’s char­ac­ter came months be­fore the on-set dis­pute and was made af­ter con­sult­ing the high­est ranks of the net­work’s man­age­ment.

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