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Thursday, February 25

Paula Deen Sues Tour Promoter

I only reported on one of the canceled Paula Deen tour spots last week, since they kept coming in every day from different cities.

At first it wasn't clear why Paula was pulling out from the 10-city tour. She issued an apology on her website, and issued a vague statement saying there were "there were so many issues and logistical problems," but that was about it.

Now, after the tour promoter Celebrity Chefs Tour claimed in an article that the Deens backed out of the tour after receiving "full payment in advance", Paula Deen Enterprises and Deen Brothers Enterprises (uh... of course) have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging defamation.

Paula says the promoter bounced a $150,000 check and sent her "bogus" wire transfer instructions.

"Although the plaintiffs were entitled under Section 7(d) of the Tour Agreement to terminate the Tour Agreement immediately after the $150,000 deposit went unpaid, they continued to work in good faith with CCT on the planning of the events," the complaint states. "As the first two events, scheduled for Charlotte and Durham on February 20-21, 2010, drew near, plaintiffs sent CCT multiple written demands for both the deposit payment, and the payments owed for upcoming events."

According to the complaint, CCT was to pay the Deens up to $130,000 for each event.


I guess we'll see who's really at fault soon. I don't imagine Paula would pull out of a tour and generate all this bad publicity intentionally, but something still seems a bit fishy.

Bottom line is: Paula's gotta get paid! She may be in her 60s, but I bet she smells bogus wire transfer instructions from a mile away.

... and they don't smell like butter.

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At 2/26/2010 12:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like you automatically end up in litigation when you embark on any business venture with this group of hillbillys.

At 2/26/2010 9:41 PM , Blogger sawslow said...

Never thought I would see that Paula Deen w/d have to sue someone, who messes with Paula Deen?

At 2/27/2010 8:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paula Deen has been sued most recently by a firm that stated she had acted in bad faith ... Paula Deen is money greedy .

At 3/19/2010 1:12 AM , Blogger Celebrity Chef fan said...

Turns out that it was Paula Deen who was sued- for $40 million! The promoter claims she breached her contract and that there never was a "bounced check". Turns out the money was wired to her agent's account. Plus, she is sued for defaming the promoter by comparing their business to "spoiled food" in her restaurant. Also, the promoter warned her repeatedly about her foul language for its family-friendly show and she responded by sending the promoter a video to be played during her performances that was laced with profanities.

At 4/07/2010 1:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paula Deen has admitted what was alleged against her! In pleadings filed in court on April 5th by her lawyers in response to the $40 million counter-claim against her by promoter Celebrity Chefs Tour, LLC, Paula Deen has admitted that her agent never signed the contract that would have allowed the money for her appearances to be sent to him as an escrow agent. She has also admitted that she issued the defamatory statements that Celebrity Chefs Tour alleged. Finally, she now admits that she was wired $100,000 from the promoter.

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