The 12 member jury, in Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination suit from ABC’s ‘Desperate Housewives,’ where deadlocked in a decision over the case so the judge declared a mistrial on Monday.
Sheridan claimed that after a confrontation with show creator Marc Cherry over a line in a climatic scene, Cherry struck her in the face and after the incident she made complaints about the treatment, which she believed to her character being killed off in the series.
Cherry countered the claim by testifying that he was just giving Sheridan direction in a scene.
After an emotional and plot twisting two-week trial, Sheridan needed 9 of the 12 jurors to side with her to win the case, but after 4 days of deliberation the jury told the judge they were at an 8 to 4 deadlock, Sheridan was one juror shy of winning the case.
On 3 of the 4 days of deliberation, the jury sent notes to Judge Elizabeth White stating that they were deadlocked and the vote on the last day of deliberation had not changed since the very first vote. On Monday Judge White said that there was a hung jury and that she was declaring a mistrial.
Lawyers for both sides said afterwards that they would retry the case which is scheduled to begin on April 19th. Sheridan is looking to cover around $5.7 million in damages and an additional undisclosed amount of punitive damages.
Because of the case and incident surrounding it, Hollywood insiders say that it has effectively ended Sheridan’s career, as she is no longer represented by an agent and has had no work in 2 years, and that no one wants to work with her now.