This whole scandal keeps getting crazier!!
Paula Deen scrambled to get a judge to stop her own lawyer from having to provide testimony in the sexual harassment/racial discrimination lawsuit she's drowning in, but the judge actually ruled in FAVOR of having her lawyer deposed!
This means that Paula's attempt at saying that everything lawyer James P. Gerard knows falls under client confidentiality has been SHUT DOWN!
Why depose him? Gerard was said to have received “numerous and frequent complaints” about Paula and her brother, Bubba Heirs! MOSTLY about their conduct at their restaurant!!
So now Gerard must appear in front of Lisa Jackson's lawyers, and no later than August 19!
Here's what the judge said:
“Plaintiff may depose Mr. Gerard regarding the following areas: (1) whether Plaintiff complained to him of harassment; (2) whether Defendants had a reasonable system in place to handle and remediate any such complaints; and (3) Mr. Gerard’s actions relating to any investigation of discrimination complaints not conducted directly for or in an anticipation of EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] administrative action or litigation.”
The major thing here is that Jackson says that she did indeed complain to Gerard, but nothing was done!
We REALLY wish they'd televise this trial! Ha!
This is NOT good news for Paula, who just had more allegations surface just in the past day or so!
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