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Desperate Housewives Trial: Jury ‘Hopelessly Deadlocked’ Over Nicollette Sheridan Lawsuit

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Mar. 16 2012, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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By Jen Heger - Legal Editor

The jury deliberating in Nicollette Sheridan's Desperate Housewives lawsuit against ABC has sent a note to the judge indicating they are "hopelessly deadlocked on the verdict," is reporting.

As previously reported, Sheridan, 48, filed a lawsuit against the show’s creator, Marc Cherry and ABC, claiming she was fired from the show after telling executives that Cherry had hit her -- a charge he has always vehemently denied. Earlier this week, Judge Helen Bendix dismissed the battery claim against Cherry, citing insufficient evidence.

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The jury foreman sent a note to the judge on Friday explaining they were unable to come to an agreement on a verdict.

"We have viewed many exhibits at length and have not had a change in opinion since early on day one of deliberations. We have had extensive discussions regarding the evidence," the note read.

Judge Bendix convened the jury for the weekend, saying: "I know how frustrating this is for you," and said she would declare a mistrial on Monday if the jury was still unable to reach a decision. The jury foreman said they were deadlocked at 8-4, without revealing which side was favored.

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Meanwhile, E! is reporting that settlement talks between Sheridan and ABC are underway! Both sides are attempting to hammer out an agreement in front of Judge Bendix.

Sheridan is seeking $4 million dollars in damages.

Stay tuned to for developments.


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