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PaulaDeenGate Wire

paculis-extortion175.jpgThe man charged with trying to extort $200,000 out of beleaguered celebrity chef Paula Deen has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, though both the U.S. Attorney's Office and defense lawyers for Thomas Paculis refused to discuss the deal. Also, Oprah Winfrey finally breaks her legendary silence regarding the whole Deen scandal: "In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad." [AP, US Weekly] [Photo: Paula Deen / Facebook, Thomas Paculis 2004 DUI Mugshot]

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