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Cooking show host Paula Deen visits Fox & Friends Christmas Special at FOX Studios on Dec. 6, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Feds: Man Tried To Extort $250,000 From Paula Deen

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.