Nicollette Sheridan wrongful termination trial begins

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nicollette-marc-cherry-abc-lawyers-up.jpg Nicollette Sheridan and "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry have finally taken their dispute to court. Sheridan has sued Cherry and ABC because she believes he killed off her character after the two scuffled during rehearsals.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trial could last around 11 days thanks to each side's multitude of witnesses, including stars and executives from the series. Initially Sheridan sued for $20 million in damages for sexual and gender harassment, assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination and more charges, but pre-trial motions have narrowed down the list of charges to wrongful termination and battery.

If Sheridan wins, she could collect around $4 million, the equivalent of one year's salary. Sheridan alleges that after she complained to ABC execs that Chery struck her in the head during a 2008 rehearsal, her character, Edie Britt, was killed off a couple of months later as a retaliation for complaining.
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