ABC attorney calls Sheridan's case 'desperate'

ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney for ABC and the creator of "Desperate Housewives" says Nicollette Sheridan's attorneys are resorting to desperation to try to prove her wrongful termination case.

Adam Levin told jurors Wednesday that accusations ABC officials and show creator Marc Cherry are lying about key evidence are simply not credible.

He's urging the jury to reject Sheridan's claim and not award her the roughly $6 million she is seeking for being killed off of the series during its fifth season.

Levin displayed numerous notes and snippets of testimony that he says prove that Cherry had authorization to eliminate Sheridan's Edie Britt character months before the two had an on-set dispute in September 2008. He says the evidence supports the simple explanation that Britt's death was for storytelling reasons.