Authorities on Friday arrested a New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen in exchange for not going to the news media with “true and damning statements” he said she made.
Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
Paula Deen’s media and merchandising empire is collapsing, but at least one business is showing interest in working with the embattled celebrity chef.
Paula Deen just lost another business partner.
Paula Deen’s merchandise and media empire is fast unraveling.
Paula Deen has been dropped by the Food Network and Wal-Mart, but book-buyers are standing by her.
Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s agreed to help celebrity chef Paula Deen try to make amends for her past use of a racial slur, saying she shouldn’t become a “sacrificial lamb” over the issue of racial intolerance.
Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday.
Paula Deen dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past, saying anyone in the audience who’s never said anything they’ve regretted should pick up a rock and throw it at her head.
Paula Deen lost another part of her empire on Monday: Smithfield Foods said it is dropping her as a spokeswoman.