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Paula Deen: Racist? Yes, says lawsuit

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Paula Deen, brother accused of racism

Paula Deen and her brother aren't only sexual harassers, says lawsuit accuser. The diabetic cook and her entrepreneur bro are also super duper big racists, the lawsuit says.

Is Paula Deen racist, too?

Paula Deen just cannot catch a break. The Food Network star has faced a barrage of criticism from peers and the public since she came forward with her diabetes diagnosis. Now, she's facing a lawsuit that alleges she — along with her brother — engaged in racism and sexual harassment at their Savannah, Georgia-based restaurant.

Lisa Jackson, the former general manager of Deen's Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, alleges in her lawsuit that she was subjected to intense sexual harassment during her five years of employment. Her lawyer, Wesley Woolf, said that the chef's brother, Bubba Hiers, subjected her to pornography and lewd statements throughout her tenure at the restaurant.

That's not all: The Caucasian former employee also alleges that Deen used awful racial slurs for black employees. She also allegedly told Jackson that she wanted a "true southern plantation-style wedding" with black attendees required to "wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around… Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that."

Woolf declined to comment on whether or not his client — or anyone else — heard Deen say those words, according to the Boston Herald.

Deen's reps haven't responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

The sassy 63-year-old hasn't backed down from criticism in the past — she even dismissed her haters during a recent interview.

"I think a few people who have access to a TV camera and ink kind of wanted to hate on me for coming down with something," she said during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. "But I so don't worry about it."

"I am who I am. But what I will be doing is offering up lighter versions of my recipes," she added. "I will have a broader platform now, trying to do something for everybody. But you know, I'm Southern by roots. I was taught [to cook] by my grandmother, and nothing I can do would change that."

Image courtesy Jlnphotography/WENN.com

Do you think Lisa Jackson is telling the truth about Paula Deen, or is she just capitalizing on her recent publicity?

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