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THE QUEEN OF SOUTHERN CUISINE FACES YET ANOTHER SCANDAL: THE DEATH OF HER DISGRACED BROTHER-IN-LAW BY HIS OWN HAND.

Paula P l Deen

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HENRY GROOVER’S 2003 MUG SHOT

COLLARED, AND COLLARED

A Dominican priest, Henry — the brother of Paula’s husband, Michael (left) — had been arrested 13 years ago (above) after exposing himself to a policeman in Louisiana.

S if Paula Deen needed any more drama and heartbreak in her life! The former Alist chef’s Dominican priest brother-in-law, Henry Groover III, committed suicide on Jan. 17 — just six days after being named in court papers accusing him of sexually abusing a young boy. The lawsuit, filed in Georgia on Jan. 11 by Ancil Harvey Gordon III, alleges that Groover “is well known to some... as a pedophile and sexual predator” who, for a number of years beginning in 1983, had “lured and otherwise enticed [Gordon] into illegal sexual acts” by using “LSD, alcohol, MDMA, cocaine and other illicit substances.” Though details of Groover’s suicide were unknown at press time, “Paula and her husband, Michael, are

RECIPE FOR DISTRESS “Paula must come to grips with the fact that her brotherin-law — the man she had gone to for spiritual guidance — was an accused sexual predator,” says a source.

distraught over the loss of his brother Henry, and this horrifying lawsuit that has come to light,” a source tells Star. While the new lawsuit may have come as a shock, it isn’t the first time Groover was implicated in sordid sexual allegations: In 2003, he was arrested for sexual battery after exposing himself to a New Orleans policeman. It’s just the latest scandal for Paula, 70, who admitted in a 2013 court deposition that she had used racially insensitive remarks — including the N-word — in front of employees. As a result, that June, the Food Network canceled her show. “Paula had called Henry her ‘spiritual advisor’ in one of her books,” the source adds. “Henry’s death and the new accusations about him are excruciating for her to deal with now.” H

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