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Paula Deen racial claims dismissed

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Aug 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-12 17:08:14-04

(CNN) — A federal judge has dismissed the racial discrimination claims in a lawsuit filed by a former employee against Paula Deen, the celebrity chef’s representative said Monday.

Some other aspects of the lawsuit are still pending.

Several companies including Smithfield Foods and the Food Network severed ties with Deen following reports she admitted to using the N-word according to her deposition.

A former manager at Deen’s restaurants in Savannah, Georgia was suing Deen and her brother for sexual and racial harassment.

Lisa T. Jackson’s lawsuit alleges that Deen and Bubba Hier committed numerous acts of violence, discrimination and racism that resulted in the end of her five-year employment at Deen’s Lady & Sons and Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House eateries in Savannah.

Despite the claims, many of Deen’s fans were coming to her defense.

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