11:20am PT by Alex Ben Block
'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Nicollette Sheridan's Lawyer Says No One Will Hire Her
Nicollette Sheridan’s attorney testified Tuesday that he has not been able to get her an acting job “for several years” in the wake of her firing from Desperate Housewives.
Entertainment lawyer Neil Meyer revealed Sheridan's difficulty finding an agent or employment as part of his testimony in the actress' $6 million lawsuit against ABC and Housewives producer Marc Cherry, who is alleged to have terminated Sheridan after she complained about being hit in the head by Cherry.
Meyer, a partner at one of Hollywood's top talent law firms, said that following the 2008 incident with Cherry, Sheridan had been hesitant to make a big issue out of it because of concerns about how he might react.
“We weren’t asking ABC/Disney to do anything because Nicollette was concerned about retribution from Mr. Cherry,” Meyer said. “She was concerned if we brought this up, her job would be in jeopardy.“
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“She told me Mr. Cherry was a very vindictive man,” her attorney added, a remark that the judge then struck from the official record at the request of Cherry’s lawyer.
Meyer said his client was worried not just about herself but also that Cherry might do the same thing to others. “She was very concerned that if it could happen to her, it could happen to other people,” he testified.
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Sheridan has testified that fear of retribution was the reason she did not respond after ABC notified her in a December 2008 letter that its human resources department had conducted an investigation and found that although Cherry had “tapped” her on the head, the network saw no need for any further action and considered the matter closed.
“It was a self-serving letter, and I don’t respond to self-serving letters,” said Meyer. “Nicollette had already decided she would get through this and go back to work. … It felt like a whitewash.”