Wait, what just happened? The crazy racial and sexual harrassment claims against Paula Deen have been dropped, AP reports, without any payments awarded to the parties.
Plaintiff Lisa Jackson accused Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers of sexual harassment, saying she was subjected to racially offensive language and sexual harassment from Hiers.
Now, however, Jackson has done a complete 180, calling Deen a "woman of compassion and kindness," the LA Times notes. In her statement, Jackson says, "I assumed that all of my complaints about the workplace environment were getting to Paula Deen, but I learned during this matter that this was not the case. The Paula Deen I have known for more than eight years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone."
In the meantime, Deen has come out with an equally positive statement. "While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the Judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen said. "During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks from all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming."
Two weeks ago, Judge William T. Moore tossed out Jackson's racial discrimination claims, saying Jackson, who is white, could not sue for poor treatment of non-white workers. And of course, the lawsuit itself didn't have much effect on Paula Deen's empire; instead, it was a leaked transcript of Deen admitting to using the "N" word that cause her to lose multiple partnerships, including her deal with the Food Network. No word on whether the partnerships will start up again now that the lawsuit has been dropped.