‘Housewives’ Jury Having Trouble Reaching Verdict

Nicollette Sherdian (Photo: ABC)


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors considering Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit claiming wrongful termination from TV’s “Desperate Housewives” told a judge Thursday they were having difficulty reaching a verdict.

The disclosure came after the panel spent a little more than a day discussing evidence presented during the two-week trial.

Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White told jurors to resume talks on Friday and to let her know if they need to hear additional arguments or ask more questions.

Earlier Thursday, the jury had asked for the definition of a legal issue involved in the case.

White told attorneys handling the case she would send the panel back to keep deliberating several times if necessary, but “if they’re deadlocked, they’re deadlocked.”

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Sheridan is seeking nearly $6 million from ABC, claiming she was fired from the show for complaining that series creator Marc Cherry struck her during an on-set dispute.

Cherry and ABC have denied wrongdoing and said a decision to eliminate the character played by Sheridan was made months before the spat.

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