Paula Deen Civil Lawsuit Officially Closed
Paula Deen can officially breathe a sigh of relief.
A federal judge has approved the deal dismissing the lawsuit against the celeb chef, according to court docs filed Monday.
As originally reported by Celebuzz, the remaining charges in the civil case against the silver haired chef were dismissed last Friday in Georgia after a settlement was agreed upon by both sides without any fees or costs going to any party.
This marks the finality in a legal case that over the last two months has brought down Deen’s cooking empire as a result of the mounting public scrutiny when a recorded deposition was released in which the former Food Network star admitted to telling racist jokes and using the N-word. Numerous endorsers, like Target and Walmart, pulled the plug on their professional relationship with the chef, costing the 66-year-old millions in the wake of the media firestorm.
It all started in May 2012 when Deen’s former restaurant manager, Lisa Jackson, filed a $1.2 million lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment by her brother Bubba Hiers.