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Nicollette Sheridan’s “Desperate Housewives” wrongful termination case goes to trial

Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan’s case against the producers of “Desperate Housewives” has been given the green light to proceed to trial. The 47-year-old actress, who played the sultry Edie Britt in the series before her character was killed off mid-fifth season, obtained the good news in court Tuesday morning.

Sheridan is suing ABC Studios and series creator Marc Cherry for wrongful termination from the show. She said she was fired after she had an altercation with Cherry on September 2008 and after she complained to ABC about his treatment of her.

She originally also filed physical injury and emotional distress for the alleged slapped she got from Cherry during the fight, but dropped that case and instead focus on wrongful termination.

Cherry denies the slap. He also maintains that the decision to kill off her character was in May 2008, long before their verbal disagreement. Edie Britt died on the series in 2009.

The preliminary hearing on Tuesday was a status conference before the trial formally starts. Trial kicks off June 8.

Sheridan told RadarOnline.com after the hearing, “I have never been in court before, and I’m happy to be treated fairly.”

Sheridan’s case was perhaps helped by a former executive producer on the show. Writer/producer Lori Kirkland Baker submitted a sworn disposition last week, according to Hollywood Reporter.

In the paper, Baker claims she has “no recollection of any discussion to kill off the Edie Britt character prior to the fall of 2008.”

Michael Jackson may not be biological father of kids: report; public viewing planned at Neverland

alg_jackson_kidsThe body of the late pop icon reportedly will be driven Thursday to his fantasy ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., paving the way for a massive viewing Friday.  A 30-car motorcade is set to carry Jackson’s remains from an undisclosed location in the Los Angeles area to the rolling hills surrounding Neverland, where thousands of fans are expected to converge. The over-the-top farewell will be capped off by a private memorial Sunday at the 2,800-acre ranch – named for the mythical island in “Peter Pan” – law enforcement sources told CNN. Jackson once lived at Neverland, which boasted an amusement park and a menagerie, but abandoned it after county officials charged him with molesting a child there. Officials said they could not confirm numerous reports about the funeral plans, and Jackson’s family had no comment. The details emerged on a day of fast-moving developments: – Jackson’s will was found, a Continue reading →

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