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Hung jury in 'Desperate Housewives' trial



nicollete.jpgThe jury can’t tell who’s lying either. The California panel is hopelessly deadlocked and a mistrial was declared Monday in the case of Nicollette Sheridan vs. Desperate Housewives wrongful termination trial, which means the stage is set for a retrial or a settlement (something the bitter camps have been unable to accomplish thus far)

Sheridan’s lawyer told reporters he plans to re-try the case, TMZ reported. Sheridan had been seeking close to $6 million in damages.

The actress, who played the sexy and conniving Edie Britt before she was killed off, accused creator Marc Cherry of hitting her on the head when she expressed concern to him about one of her character’s scenes in September 2008.

He admitted to “tapping” her on the head to demonstrate the comedic vibe he was looking for in that scene, but nothing more. Cherry and several other witnesses testified that Sheridan seemed to accept his apology and that they were happy ABC internally investigated the matter, because it led to him being cleared of wrongdoing.

Jurors remained, in their words, “hopelessly deadlocked,” 8-4, after 10 hours and 30 minutes of deliberations.

[Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 4:19pm]


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