Judge refuses gag order in Deen harassment suit
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.