Paula Deen Lawsuit That Destroyed Her Career Is Dismissed

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Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 09:46 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A judge on Friday dismissed the lawsuit that destroyed Paula Deen's career earlier this summer after the celebrity chef admitted in a court deposition to using the N-word once before in the past.

U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. signed off on a deal Friday that dismissed the sexual harassment and racial discrimination suit that a former employee who worked in Deen's restaurants filed. The deal requires both parties to pay their own court costs and attorney fees, according to CNN. It's not clear if there was a settlement involved.

Lisa Jackson, who spent five years working at Deen's family-owned The Lady and Sons and Uncle Bubba's Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., filed suit against the chef and her brother Bubba Hiers accusing the two of numerous acts of violence, discrimination, and racism.

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The racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit was dismissed earlier this month when Moore ruled that Jackson had no standing to make a racial claim because she is white.

Now the remaining claims have been thrown out as well.

"While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims, and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen said in a statement.

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During a deposition that was part of the lawsuit, Deen admitted to having used the N-word before in the past, a revelation that triggered the downfall of her career. As public backlashed exploded, Deen was let go from the Food Network and lost nearly all of her profitable endorsement deals.

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