Former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan has told a jury she was struck across the face by series creator Marc Cherry.
An emotional Sheridan, with a stern-faced Cherry sitting in front of her, detailed the events of an alleged incident in September 2008 that saw a discussion about a cut line of dialogue escalate into a purportedly violent confrontation on the Desperate Housewives set.
“Mr. Cherry approached me from the left-hand side,” Sheridan told the court, “and hit me upside the head.” Sheridan said Cherry struck her with an open-palm right hand on the left side of the head with “a hard hit” that caused her to jerk back. “I’m not accustomed to being hit,” Sheridan said. “It was unfathomable to me that I had just been hit by my boss. It was demeaning; it was humiliating”.
“You hit me in the head, that is not OK, that is not OK”. She said she went back to her on-set trailer, where Cherry soon followed. After begging forgiveness — “I’m on bended knee, Sheridan said Cherry said — Sheridan testified that Cherry “wrapped his arms around me and apologised again”.
Sheridan, co-questioned by her co-counsel Patrick Maloney, is the first witness in a trial expected to last two weeks.
Cherry, who is in court today, is expected to testify next week, a source told Deadline.