Paula Deen Fires Her Legal Team
In court docs obtained by Celebuzz, the Savannah, Georgia law firm of Oliver Maner has stepped down as the former Food Network star’s legal representative and been replaced by Grace E. Speights, a partner in Morgan Lewis’s labor and employment firm in Washington. The legal switcharoo comes “at the request” of Deen, per the paperwork filed July 11 (a.k.a. she fired them.)
This is the latest development in the aftermath that has focused on a recorded deposition in which the 66-year-old fallen celeb chef admits to telling racist jokes, using the N-word, and planning a slavery-themed wedding.
Maner and his associates had been defending Deen against her former restaurant manager, Lisa Jackson, who filed a $1.2 million civil lawsuit against the butter-loving cook and her brother Bubba Hiers claiming the silver-haired TV star used the N-word at work and that Hiers sexually harassed her.
According to PEOPLE magazine: “She and her team decided the previous attorneys were out of their depth,” quotes the mag.
Top entertainment lawyer Patricia Glaser and Savannah, Ga.-based attorney Harvey Weitz will reportedly round out her new team of legal eagles.