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Food Network Star Paula Deen sues tour promoter

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Food Network star Paula Deen and her family are seeking $1.25 million in damages and alleging breach of contract and defamation after a tour promoter bounced a $150,000 check and allegedly defamed her by telling a reporter that the Deens backed out of the deal despite receiving “full” payment, according to a press report. Deen, her sons Bobby and Jamie, and her husband Michael Grover agreed in December 2009 to participate in a series of live cooking demonstrations between February and May of this year for Celebrity Chefs Tour.

Under the contract, the Deens were supposed to earn $130,000 per event but only received $100,000 for the first two scheduled in North Carolina.