Judge Declares Mistrial in ‘Desperate Housewives’ Lawsuit

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From Alan Duke, CNN

A judge declared a mistrial Monday in actress Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination lawsuit against “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and ABC.

The jury told the judge they were deadlocked at 8-4, in favor of the actress, after three days of deliberations. They needed nine jurors to agree on a verdict.

The jury of nine women and three men began deliberating Wednesday on whether Cherry killed off Sheridan’s character in retaliation for the actress’ complaining that he hit her during a rehearsal for the ABC comedy.

Sheridan was asking for $5.7 million in damages from ABC and Cherry, although the actress was paid $4 million in her last year of work and is still earning royalties from her vested interest in the hit series.