|April 6||Nicollette Sheridan Lawyers Fight For Retrial|
Lawyers seeking a retrial for Nicollette Sheridan in her Desperate Housewives wrongful termination suit this week fired back against ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television for asking Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White to grant a verdict in ABC’s favor and dismissal of the actress’ claim for punitive damages instead of a retrial. The case ended in a mistrial last month when jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan. In court papers filed this week, Sheridan’s lawyers contend Sheridan deserves a retrial and that her claim for damages is valid. Sheridan claimed in her lawsuit that her character was killed off in retaliation for her complaining that show creator Marc Cherry struck her in the head during production. Judge White threw out the battery claim against Cherry. Sheridan and her attorneys maintain that she was written out of the series after an internal investigation by the production company cleared Cherry of wrongdoing. “The record establishes a conscious disregard for Sheridan and reveals that Cherry and Touchstone sought to penalize her and deprive her of significant income because she had the audacity to complain about being struck by her boss while at work,” Sheridan’s court papers state. ABC contends that the record supports the network’s claim that the decision to kill off Sheridan’s character was made because the producers decided that “the character had run its creative course.” A hearing on the ABC Entertainment motion is scheduled April 13.
The 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces the World Premiere of JEWTOPIA as its Opening Night film. The red carpet screening of JEWTOPIA will take place on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 7:30pm at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive).
Inspired from the international smash hit play seen by over a million people, JEWTOPIA (2012, USA, 89 minutes) stars Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jon Lovitz, Rita Wilson, Tom Arnold, Peter Stormare, Camryn Manheim, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Wendie Malick, Nicollette Sheridan, Phil Rosenthal, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur and Lin Shaye. The story is about Christian O’Connell (Sergei) and Adam Lipschitz (Moore) — two childhood friends who reunite as adults to help each other land the women of their dreams. Chris wants to marry Allison (Hewitt), a Jewish girl, so that he’ll never have to make another decision for as long as he lives. Adam is on the verge of getting married to Hannah (Sigler), a woman he is not content with. When Chris enlists Adam’s help in pretending to be Jewish so that Allison will date him, cultures collide and chaos ensues!
“It’s been an incredible journey from what started as a little show in Los Angeles. I believe the film not only captures the outrageous comedy that made the stage play so popular, it also tells the universal story of cultures clashing and families getting in the way of finding true love. I’m thrilled to be having our world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival,” stated director Bryan Fogel.
Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $125 each and are available at www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com starting April 1st. Patrons can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night gala for $80 each. Guests must be at least 21 years old and cocktail attire is suggested.
|March 20||Honeymoon For One Screencaptures|
I have added to the gallery screencaptures of Honeymoon For One and one picture from set. As well as one still from Becker (thanks Dennis) and more images from an old photoshoot.
As you know, the Judge in the Nicollette Sheridan vs. ABC Entertainment trial declared it yesterday a mistrial after the jury couldn’t reach a verdict after 3 days of deliverations. They said to be locked 8-4 in favor of the actress since day 1 and no further statements could change that. Just yesterday Sheridan’s lawyers had asked the Judge to let the jury deliverate for a few more days.
E!Online has talked to attorney Travis Gemoets, who has faced just these types of scenarios, and he says Sheridan is sitting pretty no matter what happens next.
Despite the fact that she didn’t all-out win the first time around, her case still looks good. “We know that the jury was split 8 to 4 in favor of Nicollette,” which gives her confidence moving forward, if nothing else. Another bonus: Sheridan now knows all of the defense’s tricks—and the defense relied more on that element of surprise than Sheridan’s team did. “So she’s going to be in a pretty strong position,” Gemoets tells E!Online.
Even though Disney is known for not settling and defense attorney Adam Levin has said multiple times he’s sure they will prevail in a second trial, don’t be shocked if Sheridan never appears in a courtroom again. Her clear favor with her first jury may prove compelling enough for ABC to offer a generous settlement. “The jury count indicates that some money needs to be paid to Nicollette to make this go away,” Gemoets says.
After all the amends to the original $20 million suit, Nicollette was now seeking $5 million. So, Gemoets says, “I think you’re talking about a multimillion-dollar sum, something in the $2 million to $3.5 million range wouldn’t shock me.”
Jurors Beverly Crosby and Johnny Huynh, who talked to the press yesterday, both said the case came down to the credibility of the witnesses. “There were a lot of people the jurors found not credible,” said Crosby. Crosby also said she questioned how the investigation into Sheridan’s claim of abuse was handled by ABC. “In my estimation,” ABC’s inquiry “wasn’t handled correctly….I won’t say there was a cover up. That’s a strong word, but it wasn’t handled right,” she said. “I don’t think they were scripted,” said juror Johnny Huynh, referring to Sheridan’s lawyer Mark Baute’s claims that ABC Studios’ witnesses had synchronized their stories. “But it was more like, their story just didn’t match up for me. They were less credible, their demeanor and things like that.”
“The evidence shows she was struck, and whether it was a hit, slap, or wallop, that really doesn’t matter,” Crosby said. “I looked at the fact that she was touched without permission. And whatever the word for it is—hit, slap, or wallop—didn’t really matter.”
According to them, much of the jury’s debate centered on the testimony of George Perkins, a Housewives executive producer whom employees were told to call if they felt their rights had been violated. Perkins testified that when Cherry brought Sheridan back for the final episode of season five – weeks after she was told to clear out – it was not a creative necessity but rather to embarrass her in the hope that she would not show up and breach her contract. That testimony reinforced Sheridan’s message that she had been a victim of retaliation when her character was written out of the show. Retaliation, said Crosby, is “very subtle. It’s something that may be hard to prove.”
|March 19||Judge Declares Mistrial|
Judge Elizabeth Allen White has declared a mistrial in Nicollette Sheridan‘s wrongful termination suit against ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment. The judge took her action, as she said she would, after the 12-person jury came back to court today unable to resolve their 8-4 deadlock of late last week. Lawyers for both sides say they will seek a new trial in the case revloving around Sheridan’s departure from Desperate Housewives. Defense lawyer Adam Levin told Deadline that White has set an April 13 meeting to determine a retrial date. “The jury is now hung on the single wrongful termination claim,” Levin told Deadlne. “We’re ready to retrial and we’re confident we will prevail.”
The jurors were polled in court this morning as to whether they wanted more time to deliberate or whether further closing arguments from both sides would be helpful. Every single juror said “no.” The judge had asked the panel to take the weekend to consider its position. The jury foreman did tell the court that the 8-4 split in the civil case was in Sheridan’s favor.
Attorneys for both sides met in settlement court Friday afternoon in front of Judge Helen Bendix with an eye on their own resolution. Those proceedings remain confidential at this time.
“You’d think we’d be disappointed but we’re not,” Sheridan’s attorney, Mark Baute, said during a press conference outside the courthouse. “We got our story out there. We went up against a 50-million-dollar conglomerate who had 10 witnesses, and eight jurors said, ‘No, I’m not buying what you’re selling.’”
When asked if his client was going to try to make her case again, Baute said, “110 percent.”
|March 15||Trial Eleventh Day Recap|
It is over now boys and girls. The case is now in the hands of the jury after the lawyers did their closing arguments. As you might already know, the battery charges against Marc Cherry were tossed Tuesday by the Judge, but the incident still plays a mayor role on the wrongful termination cause between Nicollette and ABC.
Marc Cherry is a “liar” and “Touchstone is not particularly concerned if a woman gets hit by a man who runs a billion dollar show,” Nicollette Sheridan’s lawyer Mark Baute said during his closing statement in the civil suit. Baute said ABC did nothing about the alleged September 24, 2008 head-hitting incident between Cherry and Sheridan on the Desperate Housewives set until an article about it appeared in the Nation Enquirer the next month. He said that ABC and Touchstone Television conspired to create a false record that would justify improperly killing off the actress in retaliation. Citing a lack of documents, supposed secrecy, compromised witnesses and an ABC human resources investigation he called a “whitewash,” Baute said “their story doesn’t hold water, there was no decision.” Baute told the jury he believed the revelation that actor James Denton’s longtime Housewives character would suddenly be killed off the show this past Sunday “goes to show you how far they’re willing to go to manage the story.” The Plaintiff contends major characters are not killed off series unless it is due to personal circumstances — like Charlie Sheen’s meltdown that saw him leave Two And A Half Men last year — or the series is about to end.
In a nutshell, he told jurors it all goes down to two questions: do you believe it was a hit or a tap? When do you believe the decision to kill Edie off was made? His argument was focused on the fact that it was a hit and even Marc Cherry admited it was an ugly incident and that the idea may have been tossed around in May but no decision was made. “Whenever a witness goes from ‘I don’t know to singing like a rehearsed little birdie, take caution.” In regards to the fact that everyone on defense claimed they saw no emails or correspondance, “this is a TV show It’s not a Navy Seal 6 team figuring out how they are going to kill Bin Laden in a secret operation.” He also pointed to the very little variations in the testimonies, which were based in their recollections since they didn’t keep a written record.
Defense attorney Adam Levin said during his closing statement that “the decision to kill off Edie was made long before the Sept. 24, 2008 incident”. “Mr. Baute has told you a complicated story of conspiracy, what is the truth is much more simple.” Calling it “desperate” to allege that “10 good citizens of California” would concoct a fake story to get rid of Sheridan’s character after the actress complained about Marc Cherry allegedly hitting her in the head, Levin took a much more professorial tone that the passionate Baute earlier in the morning. Employing props like on-screen transcripts, a giant timeline board, Post-It notes and Housewives’ writers’ story index cards Levin attempted to show the jury how the decision was made to kill off Sheridan’s character our months before the on-set head-hitting altercation.
While all the cards with ideas for Season 5 from summer 2008 Levin thinks work strongly on his favor, Baute in his rebuttal brought up writer’s assistant notes from January 13, 2009 for the season finale in which Edie was alive
Now it’s all in the hands of the jurors, 9 out of 12 have to agree for veredict (9 of them are women). They delivered yesterday before heading home for the day. Deliverations will continue today.
|March 14||Trial Tenth Day Recap|
Michael Reinhart, longtime Desperate Housewives construction coordinator and known on Monday as ‘Mystery Caller’, said that he “was trying to get the truth out”. Reinhart was added as a last-minute witness after he left a voicemail for Sheridan’s lawyer Mark Baute over the weekend saying he was inadvertently copied on an email that indicated ABC planned to delete references to the killing off Sheridan’s Edie Britt character. Despite strenuous protests from the attorney for Marc Cherry and ABC, the judge allowed him to testify because, while he was “out of the blue” and “nothing the plaintiff invited,” she was “losing the jury” and delaying this trial any more could result in a mistrial.
In halting testimony, Reinhart, whose voicemail said there was “definitely a conspiracy to cover up correspondence” related to Sheridan’s firing, said that the only words he recalls now from the spring 2010 email are “Nicollette Sheridan,” “IT” and “delete”, though he did confirm the bulk of what he told Baute on Sunday. Judge Elizabeth Allen White ordered Reinhart’s computer to be brought in for forensic examination. He testified that he “received an email, possibly in error, regarding possible deletion of information on hard drives in relation to this trial.” Reinhart, who expressed in court and to Baute concerns feared that by testifying, he was “performing professional suicide” and worried that he would not be able to find a job after Desperate Housewives concluded its season, said he immediately deleted the email because “I felt it wasn’t intended for me, I didn’t feel it was my business and I didn’t want to make it my business.” Visibly uncomfortable on the stand, Reinhart, however, insisted the email was “bothering him” and he “began to lose sleep” as the trial went on and felt that if he didn’t do something, he would “have to live with that for the rest of my life.” And he felt it was important information to reveal to Sheridan’s team because he wanted “equal footing for both parties.” After he made the phonecall to Bauter, he got his work computer and left his house to avoid a subpoena. He said he told his wife and Housewives production designer Erik Carlson as well as another crew member about the e-mail.
Defense attorney tried to suggest it could have been an e-mail about preserving documents, but Reinhart said he didn’t remember it saying anything about preserving. Levin asked if it was possible he had misunderstood the contents of the e-mail, and Reinhart said, “Yes, it is possible I misunderstood it.”
Then it was turn for VP Litigation Jean Zoeller who said on the stand that she would “absolutely not” tell anyone to delete or erase any correspondence or documents related to Nicollette Sheridan being fired from Desperate Housewives. Under questioning from the defense, Zoeller, who sat at the defense table every day of the two-week trial, told the jury she sent out four document preservation memos to make sure everything related to the matter was maintained. Those were sent out to ever expanding distribution lists on June 30, 2009, twice on April 6, 2010 — when Sheridan filed her lawsuit — and again on July 6, 2010. Those who received the emails were asked to “forward on to other people with knowledge of the matter.”
Zoeller was followed on the stand by Alex Myers from Disney’s Electronic Discovery department. Myers detailed the extensive and pervasive efforts by the company to harness all correspondence and documents on the Sheridan matter on company computers and servers as well as personal accounts and computers of staff members and contract employees.
Closings arguments will be done today, each lawyer having 2 hours to sum up their case before it goes to the jury. Remember now it’s only about wrongful termination since the Judge threw out the batter claim.
Computer technicians, however, were searching Reinhart’s work computer late Tuesday with the possibility that the case could be reopened if new evidence is found, Sheridan lawyer Mark Baute said.
|March 13||Cherry 1 – Nicollette 0|
Judge Elizabeth Allen White has thrown out the battery charges against the creator of the prime-time soap, so that means he is no longer a defendant in the multi-million dollar trial. If you ask me, I thought this was the one suit she was going to win. Maybe if jury would have decided…
Judge today deemed the battery claim did not meet the standards of workman’s compensation statutes that apply to these matters. When court resumes this afternoon, lawyers from both sides are expected to reaffirm the matter with White. “Obviously I’m thrilled by the judge’s decision,” said Cherry. “But I’m going to withhold further comment until this matter is resolved completely.”
Sheridan took the stand briefly before the lunch break to give a concise version of the alleged head-hitting incident between her and Cherry on the Housewives set on September 24, 2008. “He was dismissive and he hit me”, the actress said in a quivering voice.
That leaves only the question of whether Sheridan was retaliated against by ABC when she was dismissed.
Sheridan’s attorneys were clearly unhappy about the judge’s action but lead lawyer Mark Baute said that the move didn’t really matter. The jury will still be asked to rule on the question of whether or not ABC’s decision to kill off Sheridan’s character of Edie Britt was retaliation that rises to the level of wrongful termination. “You hit me, and I complained,” Baute said, “and you fired me because of it. After initially saying that there was an “85 percent chance” of getting to closing arguments this afternoon, Sheridan’s attorney, Mark Baute, tells us that the chance of that happening is now about “30 percent.
|March 13||Trial Ninth Day Recap|
Most people have been thinking this trial is better than the show itself and Monday session sure didn’t dissapoint.
Mark Baute and Patrick Maloney played a voicemail from a “low-level” Desperate Housewives employee who said he was mistakenly included on an email that indicated ABC intended to use its IT department to wipe everyone’s hard drives of all communications in regard to the killing off of Sheridan’s Edie Britt character. Baute and Maloney told the court they want to bring the caller in as a witness tomorrow and that the staffer has been dodging service of a subpoena since yesterday. Defense attorney Adam Levin expressed shock at the voicemail and told Judge Elizabeth Allen White that this was “the first we’d heard of this.” White took both sides into chambers after the revelation, after which the trial resumed. The lack of electronic communication in the matter has been surprising. When asked on the stand last week if she sent or received emails about killing off the character, Wind told the court that she “could not recall.”
This is the official transcript of the call:
Hi Mark. I’m an employee of Desperate Housewives. I received an email soon after Nicollette filed suit; I think it was meant for a much narrower distribution, but it regarded having IT come in and wipe clean the hard drives of the producers in response to the correspondence that they’ve had e-mail wise about firing Nicollette. Um, I think I got it by mistake; I believe they were going to have the Disney IT person come in to do the sweeping of the hard drive .. that’s about all I know; you obviously can check this number and figure out who I am but I really don’t want to get involved. I’m a real low level employee there and I shouldn’t have got that e-mail, I’m on the general email list. but there was definitely a conspiracy to cover up the correspondence on email wise in regards to Nicollette. See ya.
Attempts to contact Reinhart were unsuccessful, so Judge Elizabeth Allen White instructed her clerk to try to reach him directly at the end of the day today in hopes of having him appear in court tomorrow. They want him for what is known as a 402 hearing — it does not require a seated jury to be present — to determine whether he has information that is relevant.
In a statement issued outside the courtroom, lead defense attorney Adam Levin questioned the validity of discovery of the witness. “Today’s antics by the plaintiff, conjuring up mysterious emails, appears to be a last ditch effort save her case. At the 11th hour, we saw the plaintiff handing out transcripts and it all seemed very orchestrated.”
Sheridan’s lawyer said it’s not clear if he kept the email. If he did, that will be big for Sheridan. Her lawyers have asked every single witness about any emails regarding Sheridan’s departure and no one ever saw any. Which seems weird considering they were talking the departing of a top castmember.
After that bombshell the trial resumed as expected with defense’s witness taking the stand. EP Joe Keenan testified he is certain he heard about Edie’s death at the writers retreat in Vegas, “I believe everybody thought it was a big deal and an interesting plot development in the history of the series,” he said.
Then it was turn to a CPA hired bySheridan to estimate her lost wages, residuals and interest from Season 6 (she was not under contract for 7 or 8). That figure was nearly $6 million-which is the cap the judge has set.
Next was former EP Alexandra Cunningham who said she missed retreat but was told of the Edie death storyline her first day back to work in June. She wrote 5.18, the death episode.
And the last witness was script supervisor Linda Leifer (nicknamed by Nicollette as “Tattle Tale”), she was on set for the rehearsals the day of the hit though she didn’t see the incident. She said she observed Cherry giving Sheridan instructions on how to hit her husband on the side of the head and Sheridan was not understanding what he wanted. They moved away, she stopped paying attention and the next thing she saw was Sheridan running out.
Later it was turn for Jason Ganzel (former Cherry’s assistant and now a writer) who saw the incident. He echoed Cherry’s story that he was giving her directions, she didn’t understand and was physically showed by “tapping her on side of head”. Ganzel says Sheridan said words to the effect of “You can’t touch me!” and ran off. He drove Cherry to apologize to her but didn’t listen.
EP Bob Daily, who runs the show now Cherry is working on pilots, said Cherry brought the idea of killing Edie in mid-May when the to producers met for the first time before pitching to the network and the studio.
Lawyers agreed to trim other writers from stand and is very likely Neal Baer won’t restify after all, so it’s very possible to have closings arguments this very afternoon.
To end the day, after the jury was sent home, lawyers discussed jury instruction. Debate wether jury will decided workers compensation versus batter. Cherry’s lawyers argue it’s workers comp claim because the incident occurred by employees during work hours. Sheridan’s side argued getting “punched on head” is battery no matter where or by whom.
Judge didn’t allow for jury to hear anything about Cherry and Sheridan’s relationship prior to and subsequent to the incident but the journalist present at the jury instruction session got to hear some of the dirt. Cherry used to ignore Sheridan, once grabbed her by the arm, was rude to her and would not speak to her after the hit. At the sexual harassment seminar Sheridan attended a week or so after the hit, she walked in, saw an HR exec, removed sunglasses and said: “Who the f*** are u?”
|March 12||Trial Weekend Recap|
Since I missed posting the recaps of the last 2 days of the trial, here are some excerpts from The Daily Beast article on the last week events.
Jason Ganzel, who was Cherry’s assistant at the time and is now a writer, has not testified in the trial but in an email to his other bosses wrote: “Marc was demonstrating one of the options, which included tapping Nicollette on the head.”
Director Larry Shaw testified that Cherry and Sheridan “were going back and forth pretty quick. They were both a bit frustrated trying to communicate with each other to find a solution.” Shaw demonstrated in court how Cherry’s open right hand came into contact with the left side of Sheridan’s face and head. Shaw called it a “tap,” but his reenactment of it matched Sheridan’s, though it was less forceful.
“I decided to go apologize because I needed to get her back to that set,” Cherry testified about visiting Sheridan in her trailer. “I kept one foot at the top of the steps and one below because I didn’t feel comfortable being alone with her.”
The lawsuit’s second claim—that after Sheridan complained about what happened, Cherry began making plans to kill off Edie—is also tricky and will leave jurors sorting through the conflicting statements and recollections of some of the show’s top producers. Sheridan’s lawsuit claims Cherry didn’t decide to kill off Edie until later that fall, after a National Enquirer story broke in October and a subsequent human resources investigation quickly exonerated Cherry.
But in addition to Cherry, four senior-level producer-writers have testified that all of the writers began discussing in the summer of 2008 that Edie would die at the end of the fifth season. Cherry, executive producer Sabrina Wind, then–ABC president Steve McPherson, and then–ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz have all testified about meetings on May 22, 2008, in which they claimed McPherson and Pedowitz approved of the storyline.
Consulting producer Joe Keenan testified that he learned at the writers’ retreat in Las Vegas at the end of May that Edie would die. Perkins testified that Cherry told him about Edie’s death sometime that June or July. “He didn’t specify that it was final, but I walked away believing the decision was final, approved by the studio and network.”
Consulting producer Jeff Greenstein said he remembers that the idea of Edie’s death began floating later that summer, but even then no decision had been made.
“As fall went on, there were a lot of discussions about whether this was a good idea and when it would occur,” testified Greenstein, who worked on the show part time and considers himself a good friend of Sheridan’s for 20 years. “I do recall that in October, November, December this was not a matter [Cherry] was totally at rest with. Because the debates continued, I believe his mind was not made up.”
If there is one aspect of the case that is sure to bewilder the jury, it is the so-called human-resources investigation that ABC Studios conducted, a seemingly lazy effort that amounted to what appears to be an exercise in Hollywood taking care of its own. Sheridan never reported the incident to the network or studio, but she did ask her entertainment lawyer Neil Meyer to call ABC Studios executive vice president Howard Davine.
For his part, Cherry immediately told executive producer Sabrina Wind that Sheridan had gotten upset when he “tapped” her during a rehearsal. He also stopped by Perkins’s office.
“He was quite distraught and gave me his description of what happened,” Perkins said. “He was nervous, spoke quickly.” Asked if Cherry was speaking loudly, Perkins replied: “Yes, he has a tendency to do that.”
Wind testified that she spoke to Lynne Volk of human resources about what Cherry told her, but did not share that there were plans to kill off Edie. “I considered it to be a secret we weren’t telling people,” she said.
That night Perkins sent an email to Volk, two ABC publicists, and Wind describing what happened as a “very minor incident.”
“I don’t expect any repercussions from it,” Perkins wrote. “I would like the loop to be held closely though and not take this wider unless something comes of it.”
Perkins testified he felt comfortable sending the email before hearing Sheridan’s point of view because, after speaking to others, his “gut feeling” indicated it was a “misunderstanding between someone trying to give direction and the actor. I know that Nicollette is emotional at times, and I felt that emotion probably played into that.”
The next day Sheridan called Perkins, whom she considers a confidant.
“She was upset. She used the word ‘hit’ and told me her perspective,” Perkins testified. He did not tell Sheridan about the email he wrote to human resources. When Sheridan asked Perkins to talk to Cherry and ask him to apologize again and send her flowers, he agreed because he thought it was a “reasonable request.” But Cherry disagreed.
At Pedowitz’s request, Davine asked Volk to look into the matter. Almost a month later, on Nov. 14, Volk arranged interviews with Ganzel, Shaw, and script supervisor Linda Leifer, who did not witness the incident. She did not request to speak to Cherry or Sheridan.
Satisfied that Ganzel, Shaw, and Leifer were all telling the same story, Volk concluded the matter was resolved. On Dec. 5, Davine wrote Meyer a letter that stated in part:
“Marc simply gave her a light tap on the side of her head for the sole purpose of providing direction for a scene they were rehearsing … while you did not seek any action on ABC’s part, I did want you to know that … we found no reason to take any action based on our findings.”
Cherry and Sheridan’s relationship had deteriorated—even after Cherry convinced the studio to raise her salary by $65,000 an episode in the third season and fought for her to become a participant in all of the show’s profits, according to copies of her contracts displayed in court. When she left the series, she was earning $175,000 an episode.
But Sheridan had grown unhappy with the direction of her character and was not shy about voicing it. Over the years the writers told Sheridan that they were “frustrated,” because they’d write funny scenes for Edie and Cherry would nix them, she testified. Sheridan said she approached Cherry “very gingerly and very tentatively, because it’s a touchy subject with Marc sometimes. He would coldly cut me off. He had a very different demeanor with the boys than he had with me.”
Before the Sept. 24, 2008, incident, “things were already difficult,” Perkins conceded in court. Sheridan had often arrived late to work from the first season and frequently did not know her lines.
“She would often tell me that she felt her call time was too early and she wasn’t needed as early as we called her.” But Perkins said other actresses were late, too. Cross, for instance, is late to work 25 percent of the time, he testified.
When Cherry finally broke the news to Sheridan, she took it well, by all accounts. Perkins even sent Sheridan a handwritten note later complimenting her on the “classy” way she handled herself.
Then, Cherry got the idea to bring her back for a 15-second ghost scene for the finale, which Sheridan couldn’t turn down because she was under contract for all episodes that season.
“I told Marc that I felt the story could be told without bringing Nicollette back, and I felt it was not kind,” Perkins testified. “I just personally felt as though we were not being as gracious as we could be on the show.”
Cherry stuck to his plan.