Paula Deen — Victim of Extortion Attempt

Breaking News 0628_paula_deen_article_tmz_3The FBI arrested a man in New York this morning after he allegedly tried to extort $250,000 from Paula Deen … claiming he would release “true and damning” statements made by Deen unless she paid up.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Georgia on June 24, Deen”s attorney went to the FBI after Deen received an email and follow up phone call from a man named Thomas Paculis. 

The complaint claims Paculis threatened to go to the media with information he claimed with bring hardship and financial ruin to Deen. 

The revelation that Deen had used the N-word, which came about from a leaked deposition she gave as part of a lawsuit against her, came to light right around the same time.

Paculis was taken into custody today and will go before a judge in Savannah, GA on July 16.