Los Angeles - Nicollette Sheridan claims she was fired from Desperate Housewives after she complained about creator Marc Cherry hitting her. The actress - whose character Edie Britt was written out of the show in 2009 - took to the stand in her wrongful termination trial in Los Angeles on Monday to allege that Marc hit her "hard" when she questioned him about a script change on September 24 2008. She claimed she was fired five months later in "retaliation" for kicking up a fuss about the incident. However, Marc denied the allegations, saying he merely "tapped her head" with his fingers as part of a "demonstration of a pinch" he wanted her character to give her onscreen husband.
He said: "I felt I had permission," but admitted, "I didn't get a verbal OK."
Number of reasonsMarc also claimed the decision to kill off Nicollette's character came during a private, five-minute conversation with then ABC executive Mark Pedowitz on May 22 2008, in a studio hallway, four months before the alleged hitting incident occured.He also cited a number of reasons for letting her go, the most important one being "cost-saving" but admitted her "unprofessional behaviour" was also a factor.He explained: "It wasn't the primary reason for my decision. But it was something I was aware of."
He added that there was no documentation of the decision to kill Edie after it was made, but he did let his writing staff know and swore them to secrecy. Several writers and producers from the series are expected to be called to testify later this week
Nicollette first filed her lawsuit in April 2010.
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