Nicollette Sheridan Brought to Tears in Court
Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan took the stand to testify in her bitter legal battle with the show.
The 48-year-old Sheridan looked beautiful as she arrived at court Thursday.
The actress claims Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry slapped her, then killed off her character by electrocution when she complained to higher-ups at ABC. Cherry denies it and says he's eager to tell the jury his side of the story.
A reporter asked Cherry outside the courthouse, "Looking forward to answering these things in court?"
"Uh-huh," replied Cherry.
Sheridan has been waiting almost three years to finally testify against her former boss in Los Angeles Superior Court. On the stand, she was relaxed and even smiled at the jurors. She said that before the alleged slapping incident, Marc Cherry told her he was very happy with her performance on Desperate Housewives.
A famous clip of Sheridan washing a car in short shorts was played in court, and Sheridan laughed as she told the jury she was embarrassed about it.
INSIDE EDITION's Lisa Guerrero asked attorney Royal Oakes, "Was she trying to charm the jury?"
Oakes replied, "I think so. I think the idea is to humanize her, to have her lawyer guide her gently through questions, showing that she was a professional, that she was doing her best, she ultimately was a victim."
Opening statements really got to her. She looked grim and emotional when she left court Wednesday.
Her lawyer, Mark Baute said, "She broke down. I think reliving getting smacked in the face by Cherry had more of an emotional impact."
Baute said in opening arguments that Marc Cherry lost his temper during a Desperate Housewives rehearsal in 2008.
"This is a man hitting a woman in the head—hard—without her consent," Braute told the jury.
But Marc Cherry's lawyer called it: "a light tap on the head" intended to demonstrate "a piece of physical humor" that he wanted in the scene.
Nicollette's former Desperate Housewives co-stars Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, and Marcia Cross have said they didn't see what happened, but they may be called to testify on their boss's behalf anyway.
Sheridan gave a testy reaction when asked by a reporter, "How do you feel about your ex-housewives testifying against you?"
"Who says they're testifying against me?" replied Sheridan.