Paula Deen says she used racial slur but doesn't tolerate hate

5:59 PM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

(CBS News)-- A representative for Paula Deen says the celebrity chef "does not condone" racial epithets, following reports that Deen admitted to using "the N-word" and once planned a wedding reception with all black waiters.

Deen's admission of using the slur came while she was providing deposition as part of a $1.2M lawsuit filed against her and her brother Earl "Bubba" Biers by Lisa Jackson, the former manager of a Savannah, Ga., restaurant owned by the two siblings.

In the lawsuit (which can be viewed here), Jackson says she was constantly subjected to racist language at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House and claims to have been sexually harassed by Hiers. Jackson alleges that Hiers would frequently bring pornography to work and physically assaulted her on several occasions.

Jackson, who is described in the court papers as being a "caucasian, white female," goes on to claim that Deen approached her about organizing a "true Southern wedding" with an all-black waitstaff wearing white shirts and black pants. Deen is alleged to have said, "You know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around."

The lawsuit also states that black restaurant staff members are required to use only the rear restrooms at Uncle Bubba's, while only white staff members are permitted to use the customers' restrooms.

According to a transcript of the deposition, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, an attorney for Jackson asked Deen if she has ever used the N-word.

"Yes, of course," Deen replied, though 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 a black man, Deen told the attorney, and she thought she used the slur when talking about him after the holdup. "Probably in telling my husband," she said.

Deen also admitted that she planned a wedding with an all-black waitstaff, but never used "the N-word" when discussing such plans. She also admitted to telling jokes.

"Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is," Deen said in her deposition. "It's what's in your heart and in your head that matters to us."

Deen's rep has since issued a statement to "Entertainment Tonight:" "Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court."

You may also like...

Bad Bed Bugs: Bed bugs so bad Florida man leaves the country

Meth on the Move: Meth lab found in front seat of pickup after accident

Shroomin: Man caught getting high on mushrooms with live gator in backpack

Hot robber: Pretty female robber wrestles giant clerk, wins

HUGE skeeters: Galinipper giant mosquitos spotted in Florida

SHAAAAARK: Giant 300lb Mako shark jumps right into fishing boat

Hooters HottiesBeautiful women compete in 2013 Hooters swimsuit competition

My bad, Judge: Woman apologizes after flipping off judge

Teen Lesbian Support: Online support grows 18-year-old girl who had same-sex relationship with 15-year-old

Prostitute Roundup: 92 arrested in online sex sting

Yellow light bust: Florida shortens yellow lights to cause more red light tickets

Hottie Internet Convict: Woman behind mug shot meme sets the record straight

Homebrew Soda: Man claims to find Coca-Cola recipe, sells it on eBay

Snake record: 18-foot python caught in Florida!

Motorcycles and bikinis: Bikini bike wash!

Faces of Meth: Before and After pictures

Sex tape scandal: Miss Delaware Teen USA resigns

When neigh means neigh: Video shows man brutalizing, having sex with horse

Sex blog: Tampa area school CFO busted over her dirty sex porn blog *warning, GRAPHIC*

Nasty Nasty Dining: 10 of the nastiest restaurants in Tampa Bay in 2012

APP-tastic: Download the 10 News app for your iPad

Bikinis, mud, trucks: The Redneck Yacht Club

Naughty Schoolgirls: Naughty schoolgirl night at Tampa club pictures

Outrageous mug shot galleries...

Strange: Some of the most unusual mug shots we've seen

Notorious Women: Bad girls behind bars

Teachers: Teacher arrest mugshots

Prostitutes: Prostitute mug shots

Porn arrests: Child porn arrest mug shots

Local Mugs: Hillsborough County Mug shots

More unusual mug shots and galleries: 10 News slideshows and galleries


Most Watched Videos