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Paula Deen

Victim of Extortion Attempt

7/5/2013 1:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628_paula_deen_article_tmz_3The FBI arrested a man in New York this morning after he allegedly tried to extort $250,000 from Paula Deen ... claiming he would release "true and damning" statements made by Deen unless she paid up.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Georgia on June 24, Deen's attorney went to the FBI after Deen received an email and follow up phone call from a man named Thomas Paculis. 

The complaint claims Paculis threatened to go to the media with information he claimed would bring hardship and financial ruin to Deen. 

According to the FBI, Paculis' email to Deen's attorney read, "I am about to go public with statements refuting your clients statements about using the 'N' word in her business practices at Lady and Son's ... The statements are true and damning enough that the case for Jackson will be won on it's merit alone."

The email went on to say there is a price for such information and urged Deen's attorney to contact him.

The revelation that Deen had used the N-word, which came about from a leaked deposition she gave as part of a lawsuit against her, came to light just days before.

Paculis was taken into custody today and will go before a judge in Savannah, GA on July 16.

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31.

Rob    

The dumb Deen voted for Obama...she is a registered democrat. She thought Kumbyya was real and that she would vote in the Messiah and all race relations would be bliss.
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Well, the fool got what she deserved. Nothing is more divisive than the liberal agenda. THAT is what keeps them in power.
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Under the bus, Deen. You deserve this....

385 days ago
32.

PatriniaJ    

July 16????????? Today is only the 5th. Are we time traveling again????????

385 days ago
33.

sotiredofthis    

Isn't she already, like, in a "state of hardship and financial ruin"?! Yes, the case is already won on its merits alone. But, really, I'd like to hear what he has to say, ya'll.

385 days ago
34.

Jill    

Really don't care. Paula give up the dumb blond act you are not cute.

385 days ago
35.

Double Bubble    

Everyone needs to get off of Paulas ass. This problem is deeper than her and isnt going anywhere until its made taboo for EVERYONE to say that word... I think that black people need to start encouraging other black people to stop using the n word. Start leading by example ffs. Its hard to make a change in the world when the very people who want it changed, are still using the derogatory term towards eachother.. Then theres the white kids who say it to eachother and sound even more retarded, but think its cool because their idols say it. I think its sad that she has to go thru this when everyone else gets away with saying it OPENLY in public, in music etc.

384 days ago
36.

Chuck    

Put the idiot under the Jail to rot.

384 days ago
37.

Sandra     

Tired of hearing about Paula!! She needs to go away and please TMZ enough all ready!!!

384 days ago
38.

Real n the field    

Hey TMZ..why aren't you reporting this racist $ss €itch REESE WITHERSPOON AND JIM'S RACIST RECORDED COMMENTS ABOUT BLACKS THAT'S ON YOUTUBE:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nzsebKsNkl4

I always knew she was RACIST!!!!
You've been exposed REESE,

384 days ago
39.

en Todo Momento!!    

by golly, then thank god no one is suing her for massacres and holocaust of mennonites in all of south america. we'd need to sit down for a burrito with her over that. oh well. they're all dead now, so who gives a hoot. how's them patriots doing? any big news on the hernandez hersey? is he the killer? do we know for sure yet? you know, there's some 'folk' who need living space, and all these uptight puritan christians are just a pain in the asz. clear up some room and move in the VERY ORTODOX matzo ball eaters. soo much more lucrative. and they need some room to live in peace.

384 days ago
40.

Raejean    

Hey TMZ I see you haven't run out of unflattering Paula pics yet. Biased much?

384 days ago
41.

Joao    

Had his attorney made the same proposition it would be called, "negotiations."

384 days ago
42.

Lynn     

I hope she sues the hell out of the accusers and all of her sponsors that jumped the gun on whether she was guilty or not. The sponsors need to know that other races than black people buy their products and frm their stores. If your white now you're a racist if you disagree with someone of color. When ***** is dropped by the blacks maybe the others will follow!

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