By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
Blonde beauty Nicollette Sheridan could take the stand in Los Angeles on Tuesday in connection with her wrongful termination and battery lawsuit she filed against ABC and Marc Cherry, the creator of the hit television series Desperate Housewives, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
As we previously reported, Sheridan, 48, claims in her lawsuit that she was fired from the show after going to executives alleging that Cherry had hit her — a charge he vehemently denies.
Jury selection began on Monday and is expected to continue in the morning session. After both sides present their opening statements, Sheridan could be among the first witnesses to take the stand. Sheridan’s lawyers expect their client to be on the stand for approximately eight hours.
The actress alleges that Cherry hit her with an open hand during rehearsals in 2008 after having a heated argument about the script. Cherry denies ever striking Sheridan and said in a sworn declaration: “I did not tap, hit, or otherwise touch Sheridan because she is a woman. I also never made any rude or disparaging remarks about her gender. I have never treated Sheridan any differently than any other individual associated with the show because she is a woman.”
Desperate Housewives cast members are on ABC & Cherry’s witness list, including Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, and Felicity Huffman. Cherry is also expected to take the stand in his defense. Among Sheridan’s planned witnesses are the former ABC president, a former ABC studio executive, and several former producers of the show.
The trial is expected to last eleven days and the judge ruled that the Sheridan will only be able to attempt to reclaim one year’s salary, $4 million, and not compensation for the show’s full run. The jury doesn’t need to come to a unanimous verdict because this is civil court.
Stay tuned to RadarOnline.com for developments on the trial.