Paula Deen Being Accused of Several Horrible, Racist Things

Paula DeenDon't let that sweet-as-pie demeanor fool you. If a former employee is to be believed, Paula Deen has been accused of sexual and racial discrimination. That is what a $1.2 million lawsuit by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of the cooking queen's Savannah, Georgia restaurant, alleges. Specifics of the case were recently released in the National Enquirer and they are crazier than you ever imagined. Take a look at Jackson's most jaw-dropping claims.

  1. Jackson says Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers made racist jokes. When asked about it during the deposition, the popular chef reportedly replied, "It’s just what they are -- they’re jokes ... most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks ... I can’t determine what offends another person.”
  2. Using the N-word. During questioning, she reportedly didn't deny this either, stating, "Yes, of course."
  3. Jackson also claims Hiers sexually harassed her several times.
  4. Deen planned a slavery-themed wedding for a client. According to alleged highlights from the deposition printed in the National Enquirer

[W]hen asked if she wanted black men to play the role of slaves at a wedding she explained she got the idea from a restaurant her husband and her had dined at saying, “The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.

“I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America ... after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War ... It was not only black men, it was black women ... I would say they were slaves.”

Not surprisingly, her reps deny the story. I have long been a fan of Deen and it's hard to believe that all of this is true. But if it is, how could she think this kind of behavior would be kept secret? Even worse, how could she believe it was even remotely acceptable?

Do you think these claims are true?


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cray8907 cray8907

I surley hope this is way un-true, I love Paula! I admire her, and her cooking, but if this is true, it is not acceptable at all in anyway, there is just some things you just don't do, and this is one of them.

yrfav... yrfavoritseason

Lol I'm sure it is true. Shes from the deep south. Its pretty common where I live in some social groups, especially with southern gentlemen and belles who's great great grandparents owned slaves..

Sierr... SierraLynn

This butter not be about dis-cream-ination!

I couldnt help it.

LadyM... LadyMinni

If you believe the National Enquirer, you deserve to be lied to.

dekumama dekumama

Yeah, I'm not buying it. And contrary to popular belief, being from the deep south does not make one racist. Nice job reinforcing stereotypes yrfavoriteseason.

Caera Caera

I call bullshit. It's very hard to believe someone suing for that much. If she's really that upset, she should be singing from the rooftops, not filing in court.

Brittney Gray

THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you JOKING ME?????? Please stop now! Maybe find a more reputable sourse. C'mon. This is blowing my mind.

Christine Beach

This is just plain stupid! I don't believe one word of this GOSSIP!! If you do your stupid!

SLJoJo27 SLJoJo27

I love Paula. She is one of my fave chefs

nonmember avatar Eyvette Contrer

I don't believe this at all !!! And look at the name of the magazine isn't this the magazine that reports about aliens ? It's not true i stand behind her and I hope ppl don't believe this either . I have been a fan for years of her and read how she grew up and how she struggled with her both to feed them . She always gives back . And I am in her corner ...

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