Jurors in actress Nicollette Sheridan's ongoing wrongful dismissal trial have been left with the idea the former Desperate Housewives star really is "desperate" thanks to defense attorney Adam Levin's closing statements on Wednesday.
Sheridan has spent two weeks in court maintaining she was fired after complaining to TV network executives about the actions of show creator Marc Cherry.
She accused the writer/producer of striking her after she asked him to write her a line for the end of a scene. Cherry testified last week that he was merely demonstrating an action he wanted her to carry out - and the incident had nothing to do with her firing, explaining he had decided to kill off her character, Edie Britt, months before.
Sheridan's battery charges against Cherry were dropped on Tuesday just before closing arguments began in the wrongful-termination trial.
And after her lawyer, Mark Baute, suggested TV bosses had "got together to create a record of justifiable firing", ABC lead lawyer Levin told the jury the word "desperate" had been on his mind throughout the case.
He said, "Desperate is claiming that 10 good citizens of California conspired to get their story straight. And they took the stand, looked you in the eye and then committed perjury. That is desperate."
He was referring to the producers and ABC executives who have maintained the decision to fire Sheridan was made in May, 2008 - four months before her alleged altercation with Cherry.
Levin is expected to wrap up his closing arguments on Wednesday afternoon, when the jury will begin deliberations.