Former Food Network star Paula Deen is fighting for her culinary empire after admitting to using the N-word. The FBI caught one alleged blackmailer on Friday who demanded $250,000.
The FBI on Friday arrested an alleged blackmailer in New York, drawing a line on what’s become a national pile-on of former Food Network superstar Paula Deen after she admitted in an April deposition that she had used the word “nigger” in the past.
According to an FBI affidavit, Thomas George Paculis, a former restaurant owner in Ms. Deen’s hometown of Savannah, Ga., schemed to extort $250,000 from the silver-haired Southern icon in exchange for keeping mum about other potentially damaging allegations against her. Mr. Paculis, the FBI alleges, approached Ms. Deen’s lawyers five days after Deen’s use of the “N-word” became public.
He wrote that “the statements are true and damning enough …, [but] as always … there is a price for such confirmation.”
For now, the extortion attempt may be the least of Deen’s concerns.