Paula Deen Accused of Racial Slurs, Admits to Sexist Comment

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Paula Deen is facing a lawsuit for using racist and sexist slurs around workers at her restaurant in Georgia.

Lisa Jackson is suing Deen for $1.2 million, claiming that she was constantly exposed to racial and sexual harassment while working at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House. 

Deen has admitted to some of the slurs, but claims that she did not use the N-word. 

Jackson said she was hired to plan Deen's brother's wedding. At the time, she said, "What I would really like is a bunch of little n*****s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it?"

While she says she did not use the N-word, she admitted she liked the idea of having a Civil War-era wedding with black people dressed as slaves serving them.

She said she got the idea from a restaurant she visited with her husband in North Carolina or Tennessee. 

"The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets and a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive," she said.

"And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, but O would be afraid somebody would misinterpret. It just wasn't worth it."

She said she has not told racist jokes, but later admitted she would not object if someone told a racist joke in her home.

"It's just what they are, they're jokes," she said. 

"…They usually target a group. Gays, straights, black, redneck, you knew. I just can't myself determine what offends another person."

She also said she used the N-word before, and remembers an incident when she used it clearly.

Deen described a man as an N-word to her husband when she was describing the time when she worked at a bank as a teller and a black man held a gun to her head while he robbed the facility.

On top of the racial slurs she is accused of making, Deen is also accused of being sexist. 

When she fired a manager for having sex with a teenage girl who worked for her, she said, "If you think I've worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p****, you better think again,."

She openly admitted to using the word, and said she doesn't regret it.

"I said it that day and I would say it again today, it applied."

Sources: Daily Mail, USA Today