Nicollette Sheridan (48) lost her $20 million lawsuit against the creator of Desperate Housewives and ABC. If you don’t remember it well then here’s a recap:
On April 5, 2010, Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator and producer Marc Cherry and ABC, alleging that she was assaulted by Cherry on the set of the show and was wrongfully sacked when she reported the alleged abuse to the network. In her lawsuit, Sheridan claimed wrongful termination, assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on s*x, s*xual orientation and age, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She also claimed that Cherry was abusive to other cast members and writers.
ABC responded in a statement saying that while they were unaware of this particular complaint, they had investigated similar claims made by Sheridan and reportedly found them to be without merit.
The lawsuit was actually against the parent company Touchstone. Yesterday an appeals court overturned the trials judge’s denial of Touchstone’s motion for directed verdict. If the motion had been granted Touchstone would have won the case, so the appeals court ruling means Sheridan just lost her case. The wrote:
“It is further ordered that the retrial currently set for September 10 is hereby stayed pending further order of the court.”
The retrial that was set for September 10 is now cancelled.
This all means Sheridan’s career is officially over, unless she can find another show where she plays herself again, a mean old b!tch.