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Judge approves deal dismissing Paula Deen lawsuit

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Lawyers signed a deal Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against Deen, who was dropped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Lawyers signed a deal Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against Deen, who was dropped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a deal to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. in Savannah signed an order Monday officially closing the case. Attorneys for Deen and an ex-employee who sued the former Food Network star last year signed off on the deal when it was disclosed Friday. Both sides agreed to pay their own court costs and attorney fees. No other terms were disclosed.

Former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson had accused Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, of race discrimination and sexual harassment. Deen was being questioned under oath in the case in May when she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. The Food Network and other business partners severed ties with her soon afterward.

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