Paula Deen Admits to Using N-Word in Deposition
The celebrity chef is being sued by the former manager of a restaurant run by Deen and her brother.
Food Network star Paula Deen has reportedly admitted to using the N-word in a deposition for her current lawsuit.
Deen and her brother Bubba Heirs are being sued by a former manager of their restaurants in Savannah, Ga. Lisa T. Jackson’s suit claims that Deen and Heir committed multiple acts of violence, discrimination and racism that resulted in the end of her five-year employment at Deen’s Lady & Sons and Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
Deen’s lawyer has called the allegations false, saying that “Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable.” However in a newly revealed deposition, in which Deen was questioned by Jackson’s lawyers, the chef said that she “of course” had used a racial slur.
Asked if she had ever told racial jokes, Deen said “No, not racial,” but when asked if she had ever used the N-word, Deen replied “Yes, of course,” according to quotes obtained by CNN.
The 66-year-old Emmy Award winner went on to say that she most likely used the offensive term when talking to her husband about a time “when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.”
Referring to the robber, she added: “I didn’t feel real favorable towards him.”
Deen also said that it has been “a very long time” since she last used the N-word, and while she couldn’t remember specific examples, she said that it was “maybe in repeating something that was said to me.”
“That’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on,” she continued. “Things have changed since the '60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior.”