Judge re­fuses gag or­der in Deen ha­rass­ment suit

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A Ge­or­gia judge has re­jected a re­quest for a gag or­der re­strict­ing pre­trial com­ments in a sex­ual-ha­rass­ment law­suit against celebrity chef Paula Deen’s com­pa­nies.

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, the Sa­van­nah Morn­ing News re­ported that Chatham County Judge Louisa Ab­bot said she would file an or­der deny­ing the re­quest by at­tor­neys for Ms. Deen and her busi­nesses.

At­tor­neys for Ms. Deen said Tues­day that a for­mer worker who claimed she was sex­u­ally harassed and sub­jected to a hos­tile work en­vi­ron­ment at a res­tau­rant co-owned by Ms. Deen and her brother made false claims af­ter Ms. Deen re­fused to pay her to keep quiet.

A state­ment from the law firm rep­re­sent­ing Ms. Deen said the law­suit from Lisa Jack­son “makes false al­le­ga­tions against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court.”

Ms. Jack­son said in the law­suit that her doc­tor en­cour­aged her to quit her post at Un­cle Bubba’s Seafood and Oys­ter House in Sa­van­nah be­cause she suf­fered from panic at­tacks and other stress. The res­tau­rant is owned by Ms. Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.

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