It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature. Or mothers, in general.

So was the message today from the Los Angeles jury that awarded actress Hunter Tylo nearly $5 million in her wrongful termination lawsuit against legendary producer Aaron Spelling and the makers of Melrose Place.

Lawyers for the longhaired star of the CBS daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful successfully argued that Spelling Entertainment Group and Spelling Entertainment Television unfairly canned her from the prime-time Fox series because she was pregnant.

"I was attacked on every side. People were telling me I would never make it, that I was hurting my career. But I came through all of it" said Tylo, following the verdict, which she pronounced as a victory "for every woman, for every child that's not born."

Spelling Entertainment attorney Sally Suchil said they were very disappointed and will appeal the verdict which they believe is "inconsistent with both the law and the evidence in the case."

Tylo never shot a foot of film on MP. She revealed her condition to producers shortly after being hired. They quickly fired her and recast the vixenish part of Taylor McBride with another daytime TV exile (Lisa Rinna) before the show went into production for the 1996-97 season.

Today, jurors decided that Tylo deserved a $4 million judgment for emotional distress and $894,601 for economic loss.

Juror Henry Ortiz told City News Service that he and his colleagues felt Tylo "could have been genuine" in the vixen role and that Spelling "violated the contract."

Like any good episode of Melrose Place, the Tylo trial was rich with melodrama and glamorous guest stars. There was the day Tylo's attorneys accused an MP producer of telling the actress to get an abortion to save her job.

There was also the day when Spelling's attorneys accused Tylo of being a money-hungry publicity hound. And then there was the day of days--micro-miniskirt maven Heather Locklear on the witness stand, testifying to how she managed to mask her own pregnancy onscreen last season. ("They used a picnic basket, table tops and a waiter...," she stated.) According to Ortiz the star's testimony did not impact the verdict.

Ortiz said the deciding factors were Tylo's current sexy, mini-skirted appearance, despite being eight months pregnant, and her own testimony. But he did admit the final award was high, saying he would only have given her the $2.5 million she had asked for.

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