FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. A federal judge in Georgia on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 threw out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
A judge has thrown out the racial discrimination claims in a lawsuit against celebrity chef Paula Deen.
The judge said the employee can't be a victim of racial discrimination targeting African-American workers since she is white.
"I want to apologize to everybody."
Some good news for Paula Deen in the case that brought down her multi million dollar empire ….
The embattled tv chef has been cleared of the racial discrimination claims filed in a lawsuit by a former employee.
On Monday, a judge ruled that a former manager of Deen's savannah restaurant couldn't be the victim of racial discrimination targeting African-American employees- because she is white…. Writing "at best, plaintiff is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination."
"it was a very big victory because summary judgment motions are very rarely granted," Criminal Defense Attorney DannY Cevallos said. "It tells us a lot about the strength of the plaintiff's claims that they were very weak."
Deen's reps say they are pleased with the ruling "as Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone."
It was in the deposition for this lawsuit that dean first acknowledged using the n-word.
And so Deen was thrust into a second trial of sorts-- this time in the court of public opinion.
"The day I used that word was a world ago, it was 30 years ago-- I had had a gun put to my head."
Deen and her family went on the defensive.
"It’s completely absurd to think there is an environment of racism in our business," her son Jamie Deen said.
The scandal led to a devastating domino effect-- as Deen was dropped from deal after lucrative endorsement deal
"The sad truth is that even if you are wrongfully sued in America, your best recourse is, ultimately, to lick your wounds and move on."
Deen's legal troubles aren't over-- she still faces claims of sexual harassment and abusive treatment from the same lawsuit.
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