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Chef Paula Deen’s lawyers say accusations ‘false’

- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 6, 2012

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA (AP) - Attorneys for Paula Deen say a lawsuit filed in Georgia claiming the celebrity chef and her brother created a hostile work environment for a former restaurant employee are false and will be proven so.

Deen's law firm, Oliver Maner, issued a statement Tuesday saying Lisa Jackson's lawsuit "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court."

Jackson claimed she had panic attacks because of a hostile work environment at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. The Savannah restaurant is co-owned by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.

The woman's lawsuit alleged Hiers routinely watched pornography and that he once violently shook a black employee.

Attorneys for Jackson, a former general manager at the restaurant, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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