Paula Deen Admits Using Racial Slurs, Denies Being Racist

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Paula Deen admitted during questioning in a discrimination lawsuit against her that she has used racial slurs in the past, but insists she is not a racist.

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The 66-year-old Food Network star and restaurant owner was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes and actions in a May 17 deposition.

Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, is suing Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, who own the restaurant.

Jackson claims that she was sexually harassed by Paula Deen and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and rampant n-word use.

A transcript of the deposition shows Deen being asked if she has used racial slurs.

"Yes, of course," Paula replied, although she added: "It's been a very long time."

Asked to give an example, Deen recalled the time she worked as a bank teller in southwest Georgia in the 1980s and was held at gunpoint by a robber.

The gunman was black, Deen told the attorney, and she thought she used the slur when talking about him. "Probably in telling my husband," she said.

Deen said she may have also used racial slurs when recalling conversations between employees at her restaurants, but couldn't recall any specifics.

"But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on," Deen said.

"Things have changed since the '60s. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do."

William Franklin, Deen's lawyer, said later that "contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable."

Deen and Hiers have both denied the allegations made by Jackson, who is white, and Franklin says Deen is "looking forward to her day in court."

It's been a rough year and a half for Deen, who has also been feuding with Anthony Bourdain and has come under fire for pushing a diabetes drug.

She has lost a lot of weight, however. Kudos on that.


It was 1987 when she so called said the word decades ago maybe even before that someone said it was 2007 no it wasnt it was when she was working in a bank and a man put a gun to her head . lets keep the facts straight. Paula hang in there. This too will pass and you will be the better person for it.


Your businesses and love for your family and friends, and food stand strong. You have admitted your wrong doing, and the price has been steep. I am proud of your Paula, and my prayers are with you. Never think a loss can't turn itself around to put your future in an even better place. Hang in there.


This is what I'am trying to understand. In what southern state within these United States which had slaves did white people ever cook for themselves. If anyone paid attention to the way that she cooks and the method in which she cooks it's all from black people or shall we say slaves back then. She states that she learned it all from her mother or grandmother, but who really did they learn it from. She needs to get with that Mr. Gates, to learn her family history, and I won't be surprised to find out that her people owned slaves, so; that's where her people and her got their skills from. So, she should be thanking God for black people period.

@ Natalia

Sorry but not only black people cook soul food and not all white people were rich enough to have black slaves did u know irish(white people ) were some of the first slaves in the U.S and were less valuable and way more replaceable than African slaves so no not only white people had slave actually the about 10% of Caribbean people owned white slaves

@ Natalia

You've been watching that little queer boy on CNN- DON LEMON THE RACIST. WTF would you know about Paula's recipes! Show that racism honey - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY and retribution!


If everyone Paula age were asked the question have you ever used
the"N" word and had the courage to tell the truth, their answer would
be yes, Now that we are so PC the only people who still use that word are the black people. Seems like women in this country who become rich and famous become target , remember Martha Stewart, s didn't do anything the
people from Wall Street did yet she went to jail. Be Strong, Paula this too shall pass. I still admire how you built your
business and raised your sons. I will still be watching and buying your


did anyone even notice that a) the person complaining and who sued is white b) she admitted that she used racial slurs. simple.


you know old people!! back in the days in the 60s ppl were racists back then and she was from that era


A coincidence to say the least how the greatest nation on the globe, who preaches diversity and equality can dedicate the term "RACISM" only for whites. The brainwashing by the rag networks feed the weak and gullible daily lies about the reality of the country. Paula Dean makes the news but the IRS who uses its own form of segregation singles out conservatives and hardly a thread shows its face. How many virgins can be left to witness the "WHITE" southern conservative slanderous rubbish. I doubt many.


How do you know a black person is in your house at night ? ....You see your TV set levitating across the room.Nothing like a funny,RACIST joke!


This is unreal. You've got Samuel L Jackson making a commercial during the election with a white family INCLUDING a little girl talking -WAKE THE F*** Up and that is not racism? Al Sharpton? Tawana Brawley? Where was the racism cries then? There is a reason nobody wants to be around YOU PEOPLE and it's because YOU WILL NOT call your own out WILL YOU? You attitude in blaming ONLY WHITES is what keeps you at the back of the line! Who is in denial?


All you should know something about being racist with your race card playing ass's. That's the thing about blacks- looking for that white girl on their arm so they can shine and that's not a racist move? Blaming whites for their own misfortune and that's not racist? You assholes would cry about anything and the way your were brought up is to not to anything but blame. Minorities are the face of racism. You are lucky that the word RACISM has been used oy against whites and the fact is that mindset is the SEED OF RACISM!

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