The self-described “face of Southern cooking,” is being taken to court for legal action by a former employee. Lisa Jackson is suing the paunchy southern belle for a cool $1.2 million, after undergoing racial and sexual harassment by the cook’s brother, who also helps around at their restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.
In the ongoing lawsuit with Jackson, Paula Deen is now fighting accusations that she is clandestinely a racist. In freshly-released transcripts from her deposition last month, Deen is asked, “Have you ever used the “n” word yourself? Her response was, “Yes, of course,” later adding, “I’m sure I have but it’s been a long time.”
In addition to admitting to using the ‘N’ word, Paula Deen is reported to have suggested to one of her assistants that she hire middle-aged black men to dress up in jackets and bow ties, for a plantation-style wedding, acknowledging that it was a Civil War era where black slaves served white people.
Consultant Howard Bragman states:
There’s a potential for Paula Deen’s career to collapse like a bad souffle right now.
The Food Network, humble abode to Deen’s cooking shows, says “it does not tolerate any form of discrimination and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Take a look at the full ABC coverage and details up top.