'Desperate Housewives' Exec Hid Sheridan Slap, Jury Hears

Law360, Los Angeles (February 29, 2012, 8:06 PM EST) -- "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry kept news of a physical altercation with actress Nicolette Sheridan under wraps to protect his stake in a TV show that had become a cash cow for the ABC network, attorneys representing Sheridan told jurors on Wednesday in her wrongful termination trial.

Sheridan's attorney Mark Baute said the network's probe into an incident in Sept. 2008, in which Cherry allegedly struck the actress in the side of the head, occurred months after the scuffle and was prompted only after word of...
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