Nicollette Sheridan loses `Desperate Housewives` court bid

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 17, 2014, 09:12 AM IST

Los Angeles: Actress Nicollette Sheridan has lost her bid to take `Desperate Housewives` creator Marc Cherry and the show`s producers back to court to retry her wrongful termination case.

An appellate court has reportedly overturned a Los Angeles Superior Court judge`s decision to allow the retrial based on Sheridan`s allegations that Cherry assaulted her and ABC bosses wrongfully fired her from the show.

The 50-year-old actress was given hope in January when judge Michael Stern reversed his November 2013 judgement that the case would be dismissed, but a three-person Court of Appeal panel has insisted his latest decision was invalid.

Sheridan sued Cherry, ABC and Touchstone executives in 2010, alleging that her `Housewives` character was killed off because she had complained to producers that Cherry struck her on the head during a rehearsal in September, 2008.

Her initial sexual harassment, assault and wrongful termination claims were reduced to wrongful termination and battery before the trial, which was eventually ruled a mistrial in Sheridan`s favour.

An appellate court later determined the trial judge should have issued a different verdict and suggested Sheridan re-file under California`s labour code. She did, but Stern disallowed the case, ruling that she had filed her claims too late.