Paula Deen Extorted: New York Man Arrested for Demanding $250,000 From Celebrity Chef

Jul 09, 2013 04:29 PM EDT | By Dina Exil

  • print
Paula Deen
Paula Deen announced plans to open a new restaurant in Tennessee. (Photo : Food Network)

A New York resident was arrested and charged with extorting money from celebrity chef Paula Deen in exchange for not releasing information on statements she allegedly made. 

Thomas George Paculis allegedly asked Deen's attorney for $250,000 to keep "true and damning" information from the media. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and local sheriff duties arrested Paculis, 62, in Newfield, N.Y., Friday morning. 

According to Reuters, Paculis approached Lisa Jackson, former manager to the Deen's restaurants Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House," claiming to have information that was "true and damning enough that the case for Jackson will be won on its merit alone." 

Like Us on Facebook

Paculis allegedly sent an email to George Hodges, Deen's attorney, on June 24, several days after Deen's statements were made public. 

"I am about the go public with the statement refuting your client statements about using the 'N' word in her business practices at Lady and Son's," Paculis wrote according to the Huffington Post. "The statement are true and damning enough that the case for Jackson will be won on it's merit alone."

Paculis mentioned his price for information and asked Hodge to contact him. 

Hodge contacted the FBI, which instructed Hodge to respond to Paculis and negotiation a reduction in payment from $250,000 to $200,000. The two exchanged several emails and phone calls, Reuters reported. 

Deen is being sued along with her brother, Bubba Hiers, by Jackson.The lawsuit alleges sexual harassment and a work environment rife with racial slurs.

© 2014 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Featured Video : Backstage At Betsey Johnson Spring 15: NYF
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
popcorn

Three Food Trends you Simply Must Try

The year has had plenty of innovations under its belt. From the world of the culinary arts to the technological inventions, the innovative bug has bitten and bit hard. There are plenty of foods to look forward to on a restaurant menu. However, certain recipes and foods have cut a mark above the rest and are now causing whirlwinds and taste bud cravings across the globe. Today we will look at a few of these foods. Here are out top three:

National Coffee Day: 5 Places To Get Free And Steaming Coffee!

National Coffee Day: 5 Places To Get Free And Steaming Coffee!

National Coffee Day – Wonderful date for all the people who do not only like starting off their days with coffee, but can’t get enough and need a dose repeatedly. Today, Sept. 29th, the National and actually International coffee day, according to Days of The Year, takes place. So, to celebrate it, we enlisted some of the most important places where you can find a great deal of free coffee.

pancakes

Whole Grain Pancakes with Wild Blueberry – Maple Syrup

Mornings can be a drag. Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, doesn't do much to kick the body's reflexes into action. If the traditional cereals, fried eggs and bacon is not an ensemble that does it for you, you might want to consider this amazing recipe I guarantee you will fall in love with

Food Tech
Soft drinks

Coca Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper Agree to cut Calories by 20%

America's top three soda makers have agreed to cut down soda calories by 20%. In an agreement signed by representatives of Coca cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc, the soft drink manufacturers declared they would be reducing the calories consumption of soda lovers across the United States by 20%.

GUMMY WORMS - Halloween recipe

Japan’s Gummy Bug Sweets: A Coffee Shop In The Asian Country Sells Amazingly Realistic Worm Sweets

If you’re visiting Japan at the moment and you’re already concerned with Halloween treats, there’s a great option for you: Japan’s gummy bug sweets.

Vagina Cookies Are Made By A Mother For Seven Year-old Students With “Sex-Education” Purposes

Vagina Cookies Are Made By A Mother For Seven Year-old Students With “Sex-Education” Purposes

Vagina Cookies – Sometimes a story is so good that it needs to be shared with the world. And sometimes that story is not only good but a real one and the quality becomes even better. What took place in a school is that a mother brought cookies to share with the children. They did have a particularity, though: they were vagina-shaped cookies.

Real Time Analytics