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Paula Deen's Attorneys Dispute Sexual Harassment Charges

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Paula Deen at the Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village at the 2012 South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 26, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Serg Alexander/Getty Images) | Getty

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Georgia judge has rejected a request for a gag order restricting pre-trial comments in a sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity chef Paula Deen's companies.

Attorneys for Deen said Tuesday that a former worker who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother made false claims after Deen refused to pay her to keep quiet.

A statement from the law firm representing Deen says the lawsuit from Lisa Jackson "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court." The restaurant is in Savannah.

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