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As Paula Deen is rebounding from her racism scandal with a new network and business deals, son Jamie Deen recently sparked controversy of his own.

On june 13, Jamie posted a picture of himself smooching an older African-American woman, captioning the pic “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar”

The woman pictured, Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, has been at the center of accusations of racism surrounding the family. In 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reported:

Jamie Deen Photo

“Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 a.m., when the doors opened at [her restaurant] Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell.”

Jones was also tasked with making hotcakes in view of patrons, and according to the paper, “Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.”

While Deen denied the accusation, ex-employee Dora Charles said:

“Jellyroll didn’t want to hear that. She didn’t want to do that.”

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A couple A-listers demonstrated the art of the apology this week.

First, Justin Bieber was caught on tape telling a racist joke (when he was 15 years old) - but the singer quickly released a lengthy, heartfelt apology, dismissing his latest scandal far more easily than other recent slip-ups.

Jonah Hill then used an anti-gay insult to slam a cameraman, yet he also jumped on the issue and admitted his word choice was disgusting.

How do these mea culpas compare to past instances of regret exhibited by actors, artists and athletes?

Click through some of the more memorable ones from recent history now:

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant immediately addressed sexual assault charges in 2003. Seated alongside wife Vanessa, he tearfully said he was guilty of adultery, not rape.

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Ain't nothin' gonna hold her down! Not 50 pounds of butter and not a career-crushing scandal!

Paula Deen is back! (At least in her mind.)

The celebrity chef is kicking off a 20-city live show tour this summer with stops so far planned for Savannah, Atlanta, Nashville, and San Antonio. The show will feature a live cooking demonstration, butter, musical chairs, butter, an audience-participation dating game, and more butter.

"That's the excitement of it all — my fans get to be part of the show," Deen said.

Paula Deen Pleads

Deen's comeback attempt is nearly a year after her career was nearly ended following allegations of racism in the restaurants she owned and her own admission of using a racial slur. 

Deen apologized on both the Today show and in People Magazine, and in the same interview compared herself to football player Michael Sam who came out as gay in 2013.

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Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House, the restaurant at the center of the Paula Deen racism scandal, has been shuttered in surprising fashion.

The establishment did not tell employees in a meeting face-to-face ... or at all. The workers showed up this morning to find appliances being removed.

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Deen. Paula Deen. What a nut job.

The only explanation was posted on the restaurant's Facebook page this morning, saying, "Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed."

People are pissed. 

"My mother worked there for over 8 years and no one called her!! My fiance also worked there ... a manager called him LAST NIGHT to get his availability next week!"

"My mother put in some hard work for years with you & she finds out when she shows up for work this morning to be escorted by a police officer to get her belongings."

Well ... that's rough.

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In a new People cover story, Paula Deen says she learned a lot from last year's scandal, and empathizes with others caught up in similar ordeals.

At the same time, she can't help but wonder if she got a raw deal.

Paula Deen People Cover

In 2013, the Food Network dropped the celebrity chef after she admitted in a lawsuit deposition that she used a racial slur a "very long time ago."

The TV star subsequently lost a number of endorsement deals. Though Paula Deen apologized on Today, the backlash made it difficult for her.

In general. To do anything.

"When I woke up each morning, it was like my world was crashing down again," the Georgia native, 67, recalls. "Some people said I never apologized."

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Paula Deen is ready to make a comeback, and in a big, big way.

Her new company, Paula Deen Ventures, received an investment between $75 million and $100 million from Najafi Cos., according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Arizona-based private-equity company who invested in Paula is led by Jahm Najafi, who owns the Book-of-the-Month Club and BMG Music Service.

It hopes to help the Southern chef establish new deals and break away from her old business model, which was based on licensing her celebrity image to others.

The chief executive of Deen Ventures, Steven Nanula, said the company is in talks with possible partners, including in the TV space ... just not Food Network.

Deen was fired by the Food Network and many of her other sponsors last year after she admitted to using a racial slur during a deposition she gave for a lawsuit.

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Paula Deen, the Butter Queen, is making headlines once again as reports that the factories she used to manufacture her lifestyle products were notorious for child labor violations and hazardous and deadly working conditions.

RadarOnline.com reports that it has "uncovered Deen's extensive history of partnering with companies that can make her rich, no matter the cost to their workers."

With Deen netting over $17 million last year and being the 4th highest paid celebrity chef, it seems like perhaps they're not wrong.

In recent months, Paula Deen has weathered allegations of racism, been dropped by all of her sponsors, and fired from the Food Network which helped make her a household name in the first place. 

Is she gearing up for another battle over the factories where her products are made? Maybe.

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Paula Deen returned to the public spotlight for the first time since this summer's n-word scandal, and cried tears of joy after receiving a huge ovation.

The celebrity chef, 66, broke down in tears amid 10 minutes of thunderous applause at the Metro Cooking & Entertaining show in Houston Saturday.

Deen of Cookin'

"These are tears of joy, y'all," she said. "This is my first time out in three months. The one place I wanted to make my first step out was in Texas."

"You are forgiving folks with hearts as big as your state. We all experience pain in some way but pain is also a good thing because it makes you grow."

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After doing considerable damage to her empire, the racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit against Paula Deen has now been formally dismissed.

It is believed that a confidential settlement was reached.

Paula Deen is Pissed

In any case, the suit by Lisa Jackson - which blew up against Deen when she admitted using racial slurs in a deposition, which leaked to the media - is no longer.

Jackson, who worked as General Manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Georgia, filed a lawsuit claiming racial and sexual harassment.

The racial discrimination claim was dismissed by a judge earlier this month because Lisa, who is white, was deemed an "accidental victim" at best.

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It's little consolation now, but the racial discrimination claim in the lawsuit by Lisa Jackson that torpedoed Paula Deen's career has been thrown out.

A judge just ruled in Paula's favor after Deen claimed Jackson had no right to claim racial discrimination ... basically because she is also white.

Any racial slurs made by Deen or comments that she and her cohorts may or may not have made have no legal consequence to her, the judge decided.

Jackson also made the tenuous argument that someone in her family is bi-racial, which Paula disputes. The judge said even so, she was an "accidental victim."

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