Ac­cused Deen ex­torter chang­ing plea to guilty

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

SA­VAN­NAH, Ga. — A New York man charged with try­ing to ex­tort money from em­bat­tled celebrity cook Paula Deen is sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore a fed­eral judge to change his plea.

Thomas Ge­orge Pa­c­ulis was to ap­pear Fri­day af­ter­noon in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Sa­van­nah, where he pleaded not guilty dur­ing his last hear­ing in July.

Court records filed last week say 62-year-old Pa­c­ulis, of New­field, N.Y., has signed a plea agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors. But de­tails haven’t been re­leased.

Pros­e­cu­tors and Pa­c­ulis’ de­fence at­tor­ney have de­clined to comment.

Au­thor­i­ties say Pa­c­ulis con­tacted Deen’s at­tor­ney threat­en­ing to re­veal dam­ag­ing state­ments by the for­mer Food Net­work star un­less she paid him $200,000. That hap­pened af­ter doc­u­ments be­came pub­lic that showed Deen ac­knowl­edged us­ing racial slurs in the past.

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