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Actress Nicollette Sheridan has suffered another legal setback in her ongoing two-and-a-half year fight against ABC and Touchstone Television over her departure from Desperate Housewives. The actress’ appeal was denied by the California Supreme Court.
The legal saga began in April 2010, when Sheridan first filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Housewives creator Marc Cherry and ABC, claiming that she was fired only after she complained about Cherry slapping her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, earlier this year, the claims against Cherry were dismissed and a jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the trial against ABC and Touchstone.
According to E! News, the actress was denied her request for a retrial, which she then appealed.
However, on Friday, chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote that the state supreme court denied the appeal.
“The petition for review is denied,” the judge wrote. “The request for an order requesting depublication of the opinion is denied.”
The case isn’t over yet, though. Sheridan can continue her case against ABC and Touchstone, claiming that her exit violated California’s labor code.
“Her obsession with this whole case has become all-consuming,” a friend of Sheridan’s told The Chicago Sun Times. “She just needed to let go of this a long time ago. It’s all she can talk about, and she’s lost a fortune in legal fees on this hopeless cause.”