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Marc Cherry

Off the Hook

In 'Housewives' Lawsuit

3/13/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A crushing blow to Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination suit -- the judge just threw out the actress' battery claim against "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry ... meaning Cherry is no longer a defendant.

It was the crux of her wrongful termination action -- Nicollette claimed Marc struck her in the face during a rehearsal in 2008 ... then ABC fired her when she complained.

Marc admitted to touching her face -- in the context of demonstrating how he wanted a particular scene to play out -- but when she took the stand, Nicollette called it an unprovoked "wallop."

The judge found Sheridan's claims did not meet the standard of proof for battery -- and since the battery claim was the only cause of action against Cherry ... he's officially in the clear.

Nicollette's wrongful termination claim against ABC will still move forward -- but the judge's decision does not bode well.

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1.

Abe    

This is a huge win for abusive, arrogant TV producers.

Yay!

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901 days ago
2.

charley    

pay you shyster lawyers and keep whatever money you have whore cause after all this you wont be hirable in hollywood anymore.......so nicolette ...look up the word washed up actress and your picture will be right there!...hahahahahahahahahahaha...oh my god this just made my day......bitch aint gonna get a cent.....back to whoring around with michael bolten!

901 days ago
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Phreaky    

Great - now he's free to get back home to mama's house and look at all those pictures of little boys on his hard drive.

901 days ago
4.

meohmy    

shame on the judge, shame on marc cherry - hate them! This woman was obviously smacked hard and then disposed of on the show. Glad the show is ending. No need for any more of this bs

901 days ago
5.

New Orleans    

How much did the judge get paid for this lack of justice? He just told abusive men everywhere it's OK to smack around women.

901 days ago
6.

anony    

She's an on-the-set cancer, like a bad teammate.
Who needs her?

901 days ago
7.

OooooNooo!    

Expect a phone call from Steve Hersh over at Vivid Entertainment with a porno-contract for her in 3, 2, 1, . .

901 days ago
8.

VictoriaGirl    

I wonder how much money it took for a--hole to pay the judge off?

901 days ago
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Jay W.     

I see "ole" Cherry padded the Judges pockets. Maybe they had a secret tryst also...

901 days ago
10.

HansonBettie    

my classmate's mother makes $84/hr on the internet. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her check was $8514 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site CashLazy.com

901 days ago
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AnonyMouse    

You say "it does not bode well." I disagree. It bodes well for trying to put the brakes on frivolous lawsuits and out-of-control egos. "Walloped"? I'm sure. If so, where's the police report, photos of the injury, hospital statement? (Yes, Harvey, I watch People's Court.) Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

901 days ago
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charley    

This whore had a problem with every producer shes worked with....about time someone put this low life skanky whore in her place....she will never work in hollywood again.....she phkd up whatever chances of being hired ever again...her B.S. backfired and Im laughing at that bitch!

901 days ago
13.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

Wonder how much the judge was paid to "look the other way?"

901 days ago
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AnonyMouse    

And who the heck are these losers who keep posting ads on Comment sites? Like anyone would click on the links.

901 days ago
15.

charley    

She will end up another Sean Young...washed up and haggard!

901 days ago
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