NICOLETTE SHERIDAN got a surprise ally when her attorneys presented a voicemail message in court from a low-level Desperate Housewives employee who could help her win her legal war.
The voicemail was left for Nicollette's attorney Mark Baute on Sunday afternoon and explained that he had "mistakenly" received an email indicating that ABC was going to wipe all the hard drives clean to erase evidence of their intention to kill off her character Edie Britt on the show.
"I’m an employee of Desperate Housewives. “I received an email soon after Nicollette filed suit; I think it was meant for a much narrower distribution, but it regarded having IT come in and wipe clean the hard drives of the producers in response to the correspondence that they’ve had email wise about firing Nicollette," the caller said.
"Um, I think I got it by mistake; I believe they were going to have the Disney IT person come in to do the sweeping of the hard drive…that’s about all I know; you obviously can check this number and figure out who I am but I really don’t want to get involved."
Mark and his partner Patrick Maloney want to have the employee called in as a witness, but the ABC lawyers contended this was "the first we'd heard of this," to Judge Elizabeth Allen White and Tuesday is supposed to be the last day of the trial.
"I’m a real low level employee there and I shouldn’t have got that email, I’m on the general email list," the staffer continued on the voicemail.
"But there was definitely a conspiracy to cover up the correspondence on email wise in regards to Nicollette."
Nicoeltte is seeking damages from producer Marc Cherry and ABC that led to her abrupt firing amid charges of assault and battery.