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Paula Deen Legal Victory: Remaining Lawsuit Charges Dismissed in Case That Torpedoed Her Culinary Empire

Published on August 23, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

rs_293x473-130627104152-634.pdeen.lsl62713The lawsuit that launched a thousand late-night talk show jokes is over.

A judge has dismissed the remainder of a lawsuit filed against Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers by a woman who alleged that she suffered sexual harassment and other mistreatment while working at their Savannah, Ga., restaurant.

Plaintiff Lisa Jackson‘s claims of racial discrimination had already been thrown out last week, with U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruling that Jackson, who is white, could not sue over treatment she said that she observed rather than was subjected to herself.

An agreed order to dismiss with prejudice—meaning Jackson cannot refile her claim—was filed today in federal court in Savannah.

The document states that no money, including legal costs or fees, was awarded to either party.

Jackson’s attorney, Matthew Billips, would not comment further but told E! News, “The matter has been amicably resolved.”

Jackson filed suit last year, but it was in May that Deen, while being deposed as part of the case, admitted to past use of the N-word. The contents of the deposition were leaked in June and her culinary empire started to crumble almost instantaneously, starting with the Food Network opting not to renew Deen’s contract.

Deen also reportedly said in the deposition: “But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.”

The damage had seemingly been done, though, and a tearful sit-down with Matt Lauer on Today a week later, during which she denied being racist, didn’t stop the endorsement dominoes from falling.Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!

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