Fired actress can proceed with her $20 million case
Former "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan received some good news and some bad news from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White on Tuesday.
During a hearing on Sheridan's wrongful-termination lawsuit against ABC and "Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, White tossed out Sheridan's claims of sexual harassment, but decided that her suit should go to trial, the Associated Press reports.
"I'm very happy that I'm being treated fairly," Sheridan said after the hearing.
Sheridan, who is suing for $20 million, claims that her "Housewives" character, Edie Britt, was eliminated from the series in retaliation for complaining about a 2008 argument with Cherry, during which she says she was subjected to various forms of harassment, including sexual.
While dismissing the sexual-harassment aspect of Sheridan's suit, White decided that there are elements of the suit that should be heard by a jury.
ABC and Cherry have maintained that the decision to eliminate Sheridan's character was made before the argument took place. However, former "Desperate Housewives" producer Lori Kirkland Baker recently submitted a sworn declaration in the case disputing the network and Cherry's timeline. According to Kirkland Baker, who worked on the series from 2007 to 2009, Cherry began talking about killing off the character in fall 2008, and decided to expedite the departure in 2009, after experiencing "increasing frustration" with Sheridan.
ABC and a representative for Sheridan did not immediately reply to requests for comment from TheWrap.
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