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Nicollette Sheridan’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Lawsuit Back From the Dead

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Much like her character on ‘Desperate Housewives,’ Nicollette Sheridan will not go down without a fight. The leading lady was ousted from the hit ABC show and shortly thereafter, she alleged it was a retaliatory response to her complaints Sheridanagainst series creator Marc Cherry, who she says slapped her during an argument over the script. Though I have zero knowledge of fault in this matter, it’s especially interesting that ABC/Touchstone won’t settle to save face. Perhaps they don’t want to set a precedent. Here’s a legal timeline of the Tinseltown tiff.

2009: Nicollette Sheridan’s character Was Killed Off Desperate Housewives

Sheridan alleged to have “quit” the show, but her unkind words in the press were perhaps a precursor of things to come. Sheridan said, “When the show started it was such a different beast. It was exciting and dangerous and funny and edgy and bizarre. It started feeling a little complacent, and that was very frustrating.” Marc Cherry responded in kind, saying, “Edie’s already slept with most of the guys on the street and has caused about as many problems as she could.” He also said his decision was largely due to the network’s pressure to cut costs.

APRIL, 2010: Sheridan Sues Series Creator Marc Cherry and ABC/Touchstone TV

Sheridan sues Marc Cherry, the series creator of ‘Desperate Housewives,’ alleging battery, gender violence, wrongful termination, and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”According to Sheridan, she questioned Cherry about his script, and he slapped her in a fit of rage. She reported his actions to ABC and she was fired in retaliation. ABC Studios responded, saying, “While we have yet to see the actual complaint, we investigated similar claims made by Ms. Sheridan last year and found them to be without merit.”

MARCH 2012: Battery Charge Against Marc Cherry Dropped

Marc Cherry was released from the case after the battery charge was dropped. According to the Judge, “the battery claim did not meet the standards of workman’s compensation statutes that apply to these matters.”

MARCH, 2012: The Jury is Locked

A jury of 12 could not reach a verdict, and after an 8-4 deadlock with no settlement in sight, the Judge declared a mistrial. The jury foreman told the court that the 8-4 split was in Sheridan’s favor.

OCTOBER, 2013: Sheridan Loses Bid for Retrial

LA Superior Judge Michael Stern sided with ABC/Touchstone TV and granted a summary judgment dismissing Sheridan’s attempt for a new trial. He ruled based on Sheridan not filing a complaint with the California Labor Commission within six months of the September 2008 incident.

JUNE, 2016: Sheridan Gets New Trial

An LA Superior Court Judge decided that Sheridan can get a new trial. An Amendment to the rules in 2013 helped her case, most notably when an appeals court stated, “there is no requirement that an individual exhaust administrative remedies or procedures.”

 

Sunday

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June 2016

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Sunday

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June 2016

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Reads Sonnet at Tony Awards

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I have no words for the victims and families and friends of this horrific massacre in Orlando, so I will leave it to someone far more equipped. Here is a clip of Lin-Manuel Miranda reading a sonnet while accepting the Tony for ‘Hamilton.’

Thursday

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June 2016

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David Letterman Says They Should Have Given His Show to a Woman

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When David Letterman rode off into the sunset, he took a more traditional, structured form of late night televison with him, and what followed is viral videos of celebrities letting their hair down to play games and act out bits.  But the new landscape kept one tradition intact, and it’s the male-dominated format. One might argue that there were simply no women in the mix at that level, but a simple bead of sweat would have likely found a female gem. Translation? No one wanted to do the work required to find the perfect female host. They went with what they knew. In a new interview with Tom Brokaw, Letterman shared this same sentiment, saying, “I’m happy for the guys—men and women—there should be more women. And I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman.” Tune in to the entire interview Sunday night at 7 p.m. as part of the upcoming limited series “On Assignment” from NBC.

Thursday

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June 2016

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Winona Ryder Returns With ‘Stranger Things’ — Watch Trailer

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Stranger ThingsNo one does dark like Winona Ryder, and as indicated from the trailer for her new Netflix show, ‘Stranger Things,’ she’s returning in full force. The show takes place in Hawkins, Indiana as the town searches for a missing young boy who disappears under strange circumstances. His mother fights for answers, and some suspicious supernatural events unfold. Want more? Watch the trailer below.

Thursday

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June 2016

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Amber Heard v. Johnny Depp: The War Rages On

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As a lawyer, I often hold all opinions about one’s guilt until all the evidence is presented, and that is because our judicial system is founded on the principle of “innocent until proven guilty.” Though fallible, I think no citizen, if given the opportunity, would change that presumption to “guilty until proven innocent.”

When Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of domestic violence, many found it hard to believe, and some suggested that she was “victim-shamed” as a result. Domestic abuse is serious, and a false accusation is also serious. Despite leaking disturbing details about “fearing for her life,” Heard has made it clear that she has no plans to press charges, and there is no police report to corroborate any of her claims. Though character witnesses have come forward on both sides, there is not, to my knowledge, anyone who has come forward as a personal witness of Depp laying hands on Heard. The individual that called the police during a fight between Depp and Heard released an article for Refinery29, which I carefully read, and it does not indicate any first-hand witness of abuse. It is packed with hearsay. Yes, she personally saw Heard’s bruises, but she did not personally witness Depp lay a hand on Heard, which makes that article more about character than evidence. Depp’s friend also spoke out, vouching for Depp’s character, and stupidly claimed to “know” Heard is lying. He found out the hard way that when you use the word “know” instead of “think” you subject yourself to defamation, because he is now being sued by Heard.

If Amber Heard has no plans to press charges against Johnny Depp for domestic abuse, then what’s her agenda? Is it to help other victims of domestic abuse? If that’s the case, then why spend so much time leaking evidence to prove these disturbing events actually happened. Why not personally visit other victims instead? If these claims are true, I feel for Heard. I know that victims often remain quiet, and I can only imagine that the celebrity landscape makes it ever-the-more daunting to declare the truth. I also know that she filed a restraining order against Depp, and certain details will inevitably be revealed as a result. But every time I open my web browser I see more leaks. I do not believe in trying someone in the court of public opinion, and assuming one’s innocence is not “victim-shaming,” it’s the way it works. There is absolutely no choice but to call a victim’s character into question when an accusation of this magnitude is afloat. It sucks, but again – ask yourself if you’d rather our system presume guilt. This should be a criminal matter, not a social media one.

Thursday

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June 2016

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Is Grace VanderWaal the “Next Taylor Swift”?

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Though ‘America’s Got Talent’ is painfully packed with trite platitudes about how “miracles can happen,” and the disturbing exploitation of our country’s youth, every so often — there’s a gem I can’t ignore. Grace VanderWaal was  called “the next Taylor Swift” by Simon Cowell, and that’s probably an understatement. Her tone is exceptionally unique, and I think Ed Sheeran would represent a closer comparison. Watch below as she sings an original song. Try not to vomit when you hear Howie Mandel’s predictable schmaltz-fest.

Tuesday

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June 2016

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James Corden’s #Carpool Karaoke Takes Broadway

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Jane Krakowski, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald and Lin-Manuel Miranda join James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," June 6, 2016 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on The CBS Television Network. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jane Krakowski, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald and Lin-Manuel Miranda join James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” June 6, 2016 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on The CBS Television Network. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The success of carpool Karaoke still astounds me, but perhaps James Corden’s extremely likeable temperament has something to do with it. The latest installment is a lead-up to the Emmy’s, and with an all-star cast, it does not disappoint. Watch as he joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski.

Sunday

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June 2016

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#Tabloid Gossip: Your Weekly #Celebrity Rundown

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Khloe Kardashian has a new love interest. RTW

Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato ended their six year relationship. Radar Online

‘Glee’s’ Mark Salling was indicted for possessing child pornography. HR

Jason Derulo is single. TMZ

Curly Sue won ‘The Voice.’ Stuff

These ‘Real World‘ alums just welcomed their eighth baby. WP

Robin Thicke and his much-younger girlfriend are going strong. JJ

Mo’Nique owes a lot in taxes. Fishwrapper

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp tried to suffocate her with a pillow. Telegraph

Michelle Collins is leaving The View. Variety

Thursday

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June 2016

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Team Harris v. Team Swift: Let the Battle Begin

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CALVIN HARRIS TAYLOR SWIFT

Somewhere in the celebrity stratosphere is a team of tattlers that leak information to sustain the image of their precious money machines. And while Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might have sung each other’s praises during their rather long courtship, the bad blood and disrespect was unfortunately bound to happen. If you would like to argue with me about whether their teams are behind the leaks, save your energy. From what I can gather, Harris started it. Here’s a list of leaks for your viewing pleasure.

TEAM HARRIS

“He didn’t feel like the relationship was leading anywhere.”

“Adam has been bored for a while and was hoping the spark would come back but it hasn’t

“Taylor is used to being treated a certain way.”

“Friends were even surprised it lasted this long because of the lack of chemistry.”

“It wasn’t an equal relationship. Their age difference might not be significant for many couples, but for them it was part of the problem too. Taylor somewhat lacks real-life experience. They will not be getting back together.”

“Taylor was starting to pressure Calvin into walking down the aisle and he just felt that he wasn’t ready yet.”

TEAM TAY TAY

“[Harris] said on multiple occasions that he was intimidated by Taylor, which is why he would not attend any events where she was being honored, or any award shows unless he was nominated.”

“The relationship wasn’t progressing the way she wanted it to. She felt like he wasn’t taking it seriously enough and wouldn’t come through for her when she needed him most.”

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