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Deen Allegedly Admits Disturbing Racism in Deposition

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Grease queen/pharmashill/buttermonger Paula Deen has allegedly admitted to making racist jokes and toying with the idea of having black men wait on her like slaves at her wedding. The National Enquirer claims they've seen video of a deposition for a lawsuit that involves the food TV person, during which she answered questions like whether she'd ever used the N-word ("Yes, of course").

Update 06/19: The Best #PaulasBestDishes Tweets Mocking Paula Deen
Update 06/20: Here's the Racist Paula Deen Deposition Transcript

Update 06/21: Paula Deen responded to the racist testimony in a video statement saying, "Please forgive me."

The deposition was for a lawsuit by a former employee of Savannah restaurant Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which is owned by Deen and her brother. The suit claims sexual harassment, racism, sexism and "inescapable pornography" in the workplace. Deen denied the allegations and her attorneys tried to get the case dropped.

Now the Enquirer claims they've seen footage of a deposition, and if it turns out to be true, it does not portray Deen in a flattering light. As quoted by Radar (the Enquirer story is in print only), in addition to admitting to using the N-word, Deen allegedly explained why she makes racist jokes: "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."

Perhaps most alarming, the Enquirer claims Deen considered using a slave motif at her 2004 wedding to Michael Groover. Deen cited a restaurant she had visited: "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."

Now, the Deen family has denied attacks from the National Enquirer in the past — and there have been several — but if there truly is a video, surely the Enquirer won't be the only ones to see it. Stay tuned.

If anyone has access to the video of the deposition, do drop us a line.

Update 06/19: The Best #PaulasBestDishes Tweets Mocking Paula Deen
Update 06/20: Here's the Racist Paula Deen Deposition Transcript
Update 06/21: Paula Deen responded to the racist testimony in a video statement saying, "Please forgive me."

· Paula Deen Racist Confessions [National Enquirer]
· Paula Deen Admits Using The N-Word [Radar]
· All Paula Deen Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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