Mistrial ruled in 'Desperate Housewives' case

Tuesday March 20, 2012

A US judge has declared a mistrial in the wrongful dismissal case brought by former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan, after jurors could not agree a verdict.

Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White released the jury after they reported that they were deadlocked.

The declaration of a mistrial means that if Nicolette wishes to pursue the case it will have to be brought to trial once again.

The group deliberated for more than two days in Los Angeles on Sheridan's claim that her Edie Britt character was killed off in retaliation for her complaints that series creator Marc Cherry had struck her on the show's set in September 2008.

Marc and ABC, which airs Desperate Housewives, have denied wrongdoing.

The veteran TV writer testified that he had the authority to kill off Nicolette's character four months before their alleged altercation.

The jury heard conflicting testimony and evidence throughout the two-week trial. 

Nicollette was seeking roughly $6 million (£3.775 million) in damages.

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