Fired ‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Wins Key Ruling in Lawsuit Against Show

May 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles ruled today that a former “Desperate Housewives” star’s wrongful termination suit against ABC and Marc Cherry over her dismissal from the show should go to trial, reports the AP.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White denied the sexual harassment claims in the suit filed by Nicollette Sheridan, but allowed Sheridan’s claims of battery, wrongful termination and unlawful retaliation to go to a jury.

The actress filed the suit against ABC and executive producer Marc Cherry, the creator of the show, in April 2010, charging that Cherry had struck her in September 2008 altercation. She also asserted that she had been subjected to sexual harassment and other kinds of harassment.

“It’s clear to the court that this is something that needs to go to a jury,” the judge said, after hearing arguments from both sides about facts that are in dispute in the case.

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