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Mistrial declared in Nicollette Sheridan's Desperate Housewives case

The actress was suing her former employer for $6 million for killing off her character following a dispute with the show’s creator.

 Nicollette Sheridan arrives at court in Los Angeles
Nicollette Sheridan arrives at court in Los Angeles
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A MISTRIAL HAS been declared in a wrongful termination case brought by former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan, who was suing her former employer for killing off her character in the TV show.

Sheridan claimed that her character was axed soon after an argument between herself and the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, in 2008. She accused Cherry of killing off her character because she had complained about him allegedly striking her across the head during an on-set dispute, reports the BBC.

She was seeking $6 million (€4.5 million) from her former employers.

Cherry denied Sheridan’s claims – saying that he had decided to kill off her character Edie Britt months before the argument.

A Los Angeles jury failed to reach an agreement on the verdict, with a deadlock of 8-4 in favour of Sheridan being reached. A minimum of 9-3 spilt in favour of one of the parties was required, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A battery count against Cherry was dismissed last week.

Sheridan’s lawyer told journalists waiting outside the courtroom that he planned to retry the case.

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