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Paula Deen

My Ex-General Manager

Was Trying to Extort Me!

3/9/2012 12:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Paula Deen
claims the ex-general manager of her restaurant who is suing for sexual harassment tried to extort her by demanding more than a million bucks ... or face "ruin."

TMZ has obtained Paula's response to the lawsuit filed against her and her brother Bubba by Lisa Jackson, the former General Manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Georgia.

In the response, Paula included a letter from Lisa's lawyer, who wrote bluntly, Lisa would not file the lawsuit and keep everything secret if Paula forked over $1.25 million.

Lisa's lawyer adds, "If we are unable to settle, the complaint will not be quietly filed.  I am making arrangements for a press conference on the day of filing."

Paula is asking for a gag order, prohibiting everyone in the case from blabbing to the media.  In her motion for a gag order, Paula's lawyer says Lisa's strategy has been clear -- "Pay or I will ruin you."

Lisa claims Bubba engaged in a campaign of terror, subjecting her to porn, kissing and spitting on her, making racist and sexist jokes, and on and on.

Paula denies all of Lisa's allegations.  As TMZ first reported, Lisa sent Paula a letter 3 months before she quit, praising Bubba and telling Paula how much he helped her become an independent woman.

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1.

Cricket    

Sounds like crap to me. I'm no Paula fan, but I believe she's right on this one. Trashy Lisa needs to find a real job and quit tying up the court system for ridiculous ****.

867 days ago
2.

soulofanangel    

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SOMETIMES one gets an opportunity at a low point.
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SOMETIMES one is taken advantage of at a low point.
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SOMETIMES The Weak are prey for the predator.
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867 days ago
3.

Kelly    

What a disappointment she turned out to be.

867 days ago
4.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Who knows, and tell you the truth TMZ, who cares.

867 days ago
5.

Canadasux    

I've met good lawyers who actually try to talk sense into idiot people at times, instead of making these idiots their clients. But, this woman's lawyer is such a tool!

867 days ago
6.

RaffyBStatenIsland    

Don't mess with Paula. She'll fry you. Then put butter on you.

867 days ago
7.

Joao    

my impression is that's the way those issues are resolved everyday... in CALIFORNIA Celebrity pays the person off in the promise not to file charges... Happens everyday. Why would this be different... I guess the celebrity has to initiate the hush-money

867 days ago
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liquid kitty    

No sympathy what's so ever. This woman has proven to be deceptive in the past. FYI, going public with a splash is not extortion, it's no different than police being allowed to lie while interrogating suspects to get desired results IMO.

867 days ago
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karlew    

1.25 mil shouldn't be that much for Paula. She probably spent that on her veneers alone. Seriously though this kinda sounds like a big cash grab to me. Hope Paula fights this one.

867 days ago
10.

Shirley    

Innocent people do NOT pay liars .... they FIGHT !! GO PAULA !!!!

867 days ago
11.

alex    

well shut my mouth! miss paula sure seems to be knee deep in a whole lotta meanness these days. Bless her lil heart.

867 days ago
12.

Dean    

I am surprised people forgot that PAULA lied about her Diabetis .
She has no empathy for people all she cares about is how to make money .
Paula should be done for good

867 days ago
13.

tmzreader    

When you have every and any one will come after you.

867 days ago
14.

2tall4u    

Who knows who's telling the truth, but if she's lying then why the gag order? Why wouldn't you want everything out in the open and on the table?

867 days ago
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tmzreader    

And Paula didn't lie about diabetes, she didn't disclose it to the public. By law she is protected by HIPPAA , that her medical history is actual her personal business. She shares recipes for a living, you have a choice not to support her.

867 days ago
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