Paula Deen Wins One: Racial Bias Claim Tossed
She finally gets a slew of favorable headlines
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

(Newser) – You know you've made it—or something like that—when both the New York Times and TMZ are covering you. Both publications, among a slew of others, report that a federal judge yesterday threw out the racial bias claim filed against Paula Deen by a former restaurant manager. (This, you'll recall, is the suit that brought Deen's use of the n-word to light and led to such memorable lines as "I is what I is.")

In a 20-page opinion, US District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled that Lisa Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue Deen over the alleged mistreatment of black workers, even if she claims such alleged treatment offended her (the AP notes Jackson says she took personal offense because she has biracial nieces) and placed her under additional stress. Jackson, at best, "is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination," Moore said in his ruling. TMZ's take: "Short story—Jackson ruined Paula with a bogus claim." Jackson’s pending sexual harassment allegations against Deen's brother are unaffected.

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Aug 13, 2013 6:07 PM CDT
I hope ms. deen sues Jackson for defamation of character. can't stand money-hungry people who simply want their 15 minutes and who will do ANYthing to get it.
Aug 13, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
Paula Deen creeps me out. I went to her Savannah restaurant once and didn't think it was that great.
Aug 13, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
Another conservative redneck cracker who worships creeps like Rick the Dick Perry of Tax-us.