Desperate Housewives is getting pulled into a new drama, but this time it's not playing out on Wisteria Lane. A Los Angeles judge has paved the way for Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful firing lawsuit to go to trial.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White said that Sheridan's lawsuit warrants a June trial, according to the Associated Press. Sheridan claims that executive producer Marc Cherry slapped her during a September 2008 altercation.
"It's clear to the court that this is something that needs to go to a jury," White said after listening to both sides.
A Desperate Housewives writer backed Sheridan's claims, saying that Cherry asked them to kill off her character.
"In fall of 2008, Mr. Cherry began talking with the writing staff, myself included, about killing off the Edie Britt character," Kirkland Baker said in a declaration to the court. "I have no recollection of any decision to kill off the Edie Britt character prior to fall of 2008."
"Mr. Cherry had expressed to the writers, in my presence, increasing frustration with Ms. Sheridan."
Cherry's attorney, Adam Levin, claimed that the decision to kill off Sheridan's character happened way before the alleged incident.
The judge threw out Sheridan's claims of sexual harassment and assault, but the actress' lawyers can seek money for wrongful termination, battery and unlawful retaliation claims.
"I'm very happy that I'm being treated fairly," Sheridan said after court. The trial is set to begin June 8.
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