Paula Deen ‘Does Not Condone’ the Use of Racial Slurs, Says Lawyer

Jun 19, 2013 6:26pm

Paula Deen has come under fire for allegedly using racial slurs in the past, but  according to her lawyer, she’s not a racist.

“Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable,” her lawyer, Bill Franklin, told ABC News in a prepared statement. “She is looking forward to her day in court.”

The celebrity chef and her brother are being sued for racial and sexual discrimination by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of their restaurant.  According to The Associated Press, in a court deposition filed Monday in federal court, Jackson’s attorney asked Deen, 66, if she’d ever used the N-word. She allegedly responded, “Yes, of course.”

Deen reportedly added that she likely used the derogatory term decades ago, when a black man put a gun to her head during a bank robbery.

Deen became a household name through her shows on the Food Network, “Paula’s Best Dishes” and “Paula’s Home Cooking.”

In a statement to ABC News, the network said it is keeping an eye on Deen’s legal situation.

“Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion,” said a Food Network spokeswoman.  “We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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