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PAULA Deen is trying to hush up her family’s dirty secrets!
The disgraced TV chef’s stepson was busted for a brutal beating — and sources say she’s desperately trying to keep it out of the press.
According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, Anthony Groover — son of Paula’s husband Michael Groover — was charged with a felony after he viciously attacked a man on a Savannah, Ga., street.
Anthony knocked his onetime close pal James Price unconscious and then pummeled the fallen man so mercilessly that he suffered a broken nose and eye socket.
Speaking to the Enquirer, Price claims Anthony, 28, has gotten off without even a slap on the wrist — and he blames Savannah’s “good ol’ boy network” for shielding Deen — their biggest celebrity.
“As it stands now, it looks like Anthony is going to get away without any punishment at all,” Price said.
“Paula Deen and her family are treated like royalty in the Savannah area, and it’s pretty obvious to me that this is just another case of Savannah’s good ol’ boy network protecting her.”
“Anthony flew into a rage, jumped out of the SUV with another guy and started cussing me for no reason,” Price added. “I told him, ‘F*** you, man!’ and started to walk away.
“As my back was turned, Anthony shoved me into a brick building. My head hit the wall so hard that it knocked me out cold.”
Witnesses told police that “a white male from the SUV tackled Price into the wall, causing him to become unconscious, and punched him in the face multiple times.”
A bystander pulled Anthony off Price, and he fled in the SUV, cops said.
“Anthony, his father, their attorneys and assistant D.A. Guardino were invited into the judge’s chambers, but I was not allowed to join them,” Price recalled.
“After their closed-door meeting, I was informed that no action would be taken. And within the hour Anthony called me again.
“He said, ‘The look on your face when that judge let me off was priceless. Now I’m going to hunt you down and beat your ass again!’
“I’m pretty confident that if the person responsible for such a violent beat-down was not closely related to Paula Deen, more drastic mea ures would’ve been taken.”
“Life in Savannah has always been easier if you’re related to Paula,” added a source. “People there are so star-struck by her and her family that the majority of them would do almost anything to protect them.”
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