Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen can now add being the target of an alleged extortion attempt to an already full plate of legal drama.
FBI officials announced Friday that they arrested Thomas Paculis, 62, in Newfield, N.Y., in connection with an extortion scheme targeting Deen. Paculis, who previously resided in Savannah and Augusta in Deen’s home state of Georgia, has been charged with attempting to extort Deen by requesting $250,000 in compensation in return for not releasing “true and damning” statements to the media made by Deen, according to a federal criminal complaint filed on June 24.
Deen’s lawyer contacted the FBI’s Atlanta office after Paculis sent an email and followed up with a phone call requesting the money, according to the complaint. Paculis indicated that the information he threatened to release would bring hardship and financial ruin to Deen, according to FBI Special Agent Mark F. Giuliano.
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Dangerous Lee Live will return to the internet radio airwaves for one night only to promote the release of Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, March 29th at 9pm EST on the Blog Talk Radio Network.
Lots of surprises are planned including Hassahn Phenomenon returning as co-host and the premiere of the Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down theme song .
Q: When the snow melts, where does all the white go?
– Don Truesdell, Flint
A: This question is begging for a snarky answer and I will not disappoint. When snow melts the white goes water skiing, hiking, tanning and then white turns black and has cookouts, house parties, and shoots a lil’ hoop. It’s the colorful circle of life, my friend!
Dangerous talks to R&B singer Jru-Starz and hip hop artist Lee Majors. The Dangerous Item of the Week is book Dangerous Games.
Dangerous and HP talk to Marcus Fort about his audio book “Love Lines”, Tara Meyer-Robson talks about her book “The Flow: 40 Days to Total Life Transformation”, and Cee Knowledge The Doodlebug of Digable Planets lets us know what he’s up to. The Dangerous Item of the Week is the Dangerous Beauty Bag.
Dangerous and HP talk to David Wood the author of Around the World in 80 Rounds, Jacob James the author of The Good Guise a book that identifies John Lennon and Paul McCartney as being the two witnesses that appear in The Bible at Revelation 11:3, and comedian and star of NBC’s Last Comic Standing Dante Rusciolelli. The Dangerous Item of the Week is book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.
This month we’ll be featuring another Detroit Treasure, and our first instrumentalist, Gayelynn Mckinney . Gayelynn is the drummer for the all gurl jazz band, Straight Ahead, and she has her own band called Gayelynn Mckinney & The McKinney Zone. Gayelynn and her band have recently released her first solo CD.
Dangerous and HP talk to music producer Duke Williams about his work on the new Bobby Valentino CD and his past work with Mya. HP also discusses hanging out at an Oscars afterparty and the Hip Hop 101 Tour with Ludacris & Common. The Dangerous Item of the Week is novel “A Dangerous Man”.
Dangerous and HP talk to author of Thank God for the Shelter Versandra Kennebrew, rapper Get Money Ovaall, and screenwriter and director simply known as Jane failed to make an appearance. The Dangerous Item of the Week is ebook Trading in Danger.
Dangerous and HP talk to rapper Chanes, author of book Temptation.com S.B. Redd, and both HP and Dangerous Lee receive a psychic reading from medium Rebecca Anne. The Dangerous Item of the Week is video Cry Danger.
Dangerous and HP play 20 questions and talk to actor Dave Vescio. The Dangerous Item of the Week is book Dangerous Laughter.
Dangerous and HP talk to rappers Qwestions and Playboy T. They also experience technical difficulties and Dangerous Lee’s daughter steps in to talk Christmas gifts. The Dangerous Item of the Week is video Danger of Love.
This month brings us the amazing talents of singer/songwriter, Farah B. This Sista hails from Brooklyn, New York and she’s bringin’ it like only a New Yorker can do!!!!!