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Desperate Housewives trial: Star wasn't wrongfully dismissed, says ABC

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A lawyer for ABC has argued that Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan was not wrongfully dismissed from the show.

Sheridan has launched a case for battery and wrongful termination against the show's creator Marc Cherry, claiming that he slapped her with force and that her character Edie Britt was killed off in season five when she made a complaint against Cherry.

Cherry and ABC's attorney Adam Levin told the court on Wednesday (February 29): "For a television show to last more than a few episodes, writers must continue to shock and surprise the audience who is wanting more. People die a lot on TV, which can lead to watercooler talk and media exposure.

"Ms Sheridan is obviously unhappy. But she was not wrongfully terminated, nor was she battered."

Levin also told the court that Sheridan was not injured when Cherry struck her.

He also submitted that Cherry had considered bringing Edie's story to a close in season three of Desperate Housewives, but decided that there was still room to develop the character.

The court had earlier heard from Sheridan's lawyer Mark Baute, who alleged that Cherry hit his client "in the head - hard - without consent".

Sheridan is seeking $6 million (£3.8 million) in damages and is expected to take the stand when the case continues tomorrow (March 1).

Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman have all been named as potential witnesses for Cherry in the trial.
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