'Desperate Housewives' creator testifies at trial

ANTHONY McCARTNEY
Associated Press
FILE - In this July 27, 2011 file photo, actress Nicollette Sheridan poses for a portrait at during The Television Critics Association 2011 Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Sheridan concluded testifying Monday, March 5, 2012, in Los Angeles and "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry told jurors he planned to kill off the actress' character four months before he allegedly hit her on the show's set in September 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
FILE - In this July 27, 2011 file photo, actress Nicollette Sheridan poses for a portrait at during The Television Critics Association 2011 Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sheridan concluded testifying Monday, March 5, 2012, in Los Angeles and "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry told jurors he planned to kill off the actress' character four months before he allegedly hit her on the show's set in September 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of "Desperate Housewives" says he felt awkward and cautious around Nicollette Sheridan after a dispute in which the actress claims he struck her head.

Marc Cherry told jurors in Sheridan's wrongful termination civil trial that he watched his words around her and kept tabs on a human resources investigation of the incident through a key confidante.

Cherry claims he merely tapped the actress for artistic direction during their discussion in September 2008, but the actress says she was hit hard and the blow left her stunned and humiliated.

After Cherry was cleared by ABC executives, he informed series stars Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman that Sheridan's role would be cut. He told jurors that decision had been made in May, months before his spat with the actress.