Judge Declares Mistrial In Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives Trial

Posted on March 19th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The judge in the Nicollette Sheridan case against Touchstone Television Productions has declared a mistrial, RumorFix has learned.

The jury that was deadlocked at eight to four in favor of Sheridan on Friday, came back on Monday and couldn't come to an agreement.

Juror Beverly Crosby told reporters the major dispute was over the credibility of the witnesses.

The trial had more twists in turns than the popular TV show. A mystery witness testified about an alleged coverup involving the erasing of hard drives.  A producer accidentally revealed a major plot twist . Sheridan slapped her attorney, actor James Denton testified and Teri Hatcher's name was dragged through the mud.

Sheridan had accused Marc Cherry of slapping her and when she complained, she says she was fired in retaliation. Both Sheridan and her boss took the stand in the two and a half week trial. Sheridan went to great lengths to show that she's nothing like the slutty character Edie Britt she played on TV.

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Sheridan claimed Cherry "hit me upside the head," and even demonstrated the intensity of the hit, by slapping her attorney in court. She said the incident "was shocking, it was humiliating, it was demeaning."

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During cross examination the 48-year-old actress got agitated causing Judge Elizabeth Allen White to scold her saying, "Calm down."

Cherry claimed he tapped her head with his fingers in an effort to give her director's cues. He said Sheridan was fired for these five reasons:

  • She’s not punctual
  • She forgets lines
  • He witnessed her being nasty to a prop man.
  • She’s critical of the scripts
  • She’s critical of one of her co-stars

Cherry didn’t reveal which co-star, and he said he personally did not witness her being tardy. But, Cherry did say that both Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria were “relieved” when Sheridan was fired. Cherry also testified that during a dispute on set, "Nicollette said she thought Teri Hatcher was the meanest woman in the world for how she was treating her."

The assault case against Cherry was dismissed on last Tuesday. Baute says the re-trial will take place in April.

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