Grease queen Paula Deen's camp has responded to a lawsuit against her brother's Savannah restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, that accused him of "sexual harassment and a persistent pattern of racial discrimination in the workplace." (You can see the original complaint here and the response here, both PDFs.) And for some fool reason instead of being like, "You know what? Paula Deen's not everyone's favorite person since that whole diabetes mess, maybe we should make this lawsuit quietly disappear," the attorneys are all "Hey, let's make this as icky as humanly possible!"
So they've responded to the lawsuit by claiming the plaintiff, former Uncle Bubba's manager Lisa Jackson, is prone to "wild mood swings and abusive behavior," and also that she stole cash from the restaurant. They had previously denied charges, but not accused Jackson of anything specific.
They're asking that the sexual harassment charges be dropped, and that the "claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress" caused by racial discrimination against black employees be dismissed because the manager behind the lawsuit "is white."
Deen and her brothers' attorneys are claiming the only reason the lawsuit was brought up to begin with was "for the expressly stated purpose of irreparably damaging the name and brand" of Paula Deen's business enterprises. Doesn't it seem like she is fully capable of doing that on her own?
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