Paula Deen update: Lawsuit settlement reached
A discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against Paula Deen and her brother that was filed by a former employee of their restaurant will be dismissed, as lawyers have reached a settlement.
The agreement was signed at a Georgia court on Friday, Aug. 23, court records show. The parties have agreed to a settlement "without any award of costs or fees to any party," the Associated Press said.
Deen said in a statement she is "looking forward to getting this behind me," but says she also plans to review workplace environment issues raised in the lawsuit, the news wire added.
Accuser Lisa Jackson, who is white, claimed that while working at a Georgia restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, the two made racist comments and that black workers were subject to discrimination. She also claimed Deen's brother touched her inappropriately. Earlier this month, the race discrimination claims in the lawsuit were tossed.
Deen and her brother denied any wrongdoing. In June, it was revealed that the TV chef had admitted in a court deposition to have used racial slurs in the past. She then issued video apologies on YouTube and addressed the issue on NBC's "Today" show (check out 7 key quotes).
Meanwhile, it was announced recently that an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will depict a scandal similar to Deen's. Check out more details.
(Pictured above: Paula Deen appears near NBC Studios in New York City on May 22, 2012. Credit: Startraksphoto.com)