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Can Paula Deen’s Image Be Repaired After Settlement Was Reached?

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More information is coming out about the agreement that ended celebrity Paula Deen's nightmare.  Deen and her accuser have reached a settlement without any money changing hands.  But Deen has already lost millions from several major companies.  ABC's Linizie Janis has more.

She's taken the heat, and tonight, Paula Deen is ready to get back in the kitchen after the hardest few months of her career.  Fresh details are emerging about the settlement between Deen and a former employee, Lisa Jackson, who accused the celebrity chef of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. 

The two sides settling in court- with no money changing hands. 

And in a bizarre about face, Lisa Jackson, the former employee who accused Deen of racial discrimination and sexual harassment even goes as far as to state her admiration:  "The Paula Deen I have known for more than 8 years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone."

The questions now -- will it be enough to repair her damaged multimillion dollar reputation?

"You have to live in the court of law and you have to live in the court of public opinion.  She's won in law, lost in public opinion, that's the reality she has to live with," said Howard Bragman, ABC News Consultant.

In May, Deen swore under oath that she once used the "N-word."  Despite multiple apologies the Food Network, QVC, Sears and many others have distanced themselves from Deen, costing her at least $12.5 million in endorsement deals.  Deals, she may struggle to win back.

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