Judge rejects gag order request in Paula Deen case

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FILE - Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Attorneys for Deen said Tuesday, March 6, 2012 that former worker  Lisa Jackson, who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother, made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet.  A lawsuit filed Monday, March 5 by Jackson "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court," said a statement from the Oliver Maner law firm, representing Deen.  (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
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FILE - Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Attorneys for Deen said Tuesday, March 6, 2012 that former worker Lisa Jackson, who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother, made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet. A lawsuit filed Monday, March 5 by Jackson "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court," said a statement from the Oliver Maner law firm, representing Deen. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has rejected a request for a gag order restricting pre-trial comments in a sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity chef Paula Deen's companies.

The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/xLncbi ) that Chatham County Judge Louisa Abbot said she would file an order denying the request by attorneys for Deen and her businesses.

Attorneys for Deen said Tuesday that a former worker who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother made false claims after Deen refused to pay her to keep quiet.

A statement from the law firm representing Deen says the lawsuit from Lisa Jackson "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court." The restaurant is in Savannah.

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