The man who is accused of attempting to blackmail Paula Deen pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, CNN reports.
Less than two weeks ago, Thomas George Paculis was arrested on charges that he tried to extort money from Deen. Paculis reportedly attempted to get $250,000 in exchange for keeping quiet about Deen using the N-word at her business. Documents also show that he e-mailed Lisa Jackson, who is suing Deen for harassment, saying, "Now the burning question is ... do you want in? ... I have them hooked, but reeling this sucker in is gonna be hard without help."
Paculis once owned a café in Deen's hometown of Savannah, Ga. After he appeared in court for arraignment, a federal judge put him on $10,000 bond.
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