A crime is a crime is a crime, I suppose, whether that be rampant racial discrimination or attempting to extort someone over information of more heinous behaviour you know of, so I suppose it’s only right that Thomas Paculis was arrested by the FBI for demanding $250,000 in exchange for keeping mum on some “true and damaging” stories he had on Paula Deen.
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.
According to the FBI, Paculis’ email to Deen’s attorney read, “I am about to go public with statements refuting your clients statements about using the ‘N’ word in her business practices at Lady and Son’s … The statements are true and damning enough that the case for Jackson will be won on it’s merit alone.”
The email went on to say there is a price for such information and urged Deen’s attorney to contact him.
I mean, you can’t just extort people like that, bro. At the same time, when he gets out of the slammer he should still make his statements, should they be based on truth (and given Paula Deen’s love of good ole southern racism, they probably are). But anyway, hasn’t Paula Deen lost enough now? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.) She’s just a kind-hearted old white lady who doesn’t know any better!