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Lawsuit Against Paula Deen Dismissed

The 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.

"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 obtained by E! News.

"During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks from all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming. I am confident that those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone."

Of her accuser, Deen added, "Lisa Jackson worked at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for more than five years and we appreciate her service."

"Moving forward my team and I are working to review the workplace environment issues that were raised in this matter and to retool all of my businesses operations," Deen concluded. "I look forward to getting back to doing what I love."

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.


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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Savannah