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."

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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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Comments on "Paula Deen: Racist? Yes, says lawsuit"

Really? August 04, 2013 | 4:36 PM

WTF? seriously people have way too much time on their hands.. this is just pathetic (this sort of ---- is exactly why two-thirds of the world hates the U.S.) THIS IS NOT NEWS! it's just slush for the brain! i mean come on! a sixty something yr old woman from the south has used the N word? BIG shock :-/

RC July 27, 2013 | 6:41 PM

No one says the n word just once. That is a word that I have never said and never will.I believe that it is part of Paula's southern upbringing. Seems to me it is a part of the southern vocabulary. As for Lisa, it wouldn't have taken me 5 years to get out of the "horrible" work environment. There is more to that story. Another one out for a free ride.

susan July 25, 2013 | 8:49 PM

we all have heard the b word or n word and if we don't like them than we should not say them no matter what race we are. if we want to be treated as equals we have to treat each others as equals.

L D Jordan July 13, 2013 | 2:45 PM

I wonder why people think that they can Judge? There is only one God and one Judge, (JESUS CHRIST). He has Judgment day for each one of us. We all have done SOMETHING that we are not proud of. Ms. Deen asked for FORGIVENESS, on national television. We all make mistakes. We are not God nor the judge of anyone. WE ARE NOT PERFECT. TREAT, others as you want to be treated. GOD FORGIVES!. GOD WILL TAKES CARE OF US, LOVE thy neighbor. FORGIVE HER AND ANYONE THAT HAS done something that hurts you.

Claudia Bredice July 12, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Thank goodness we don't tar and feather anymore. 20 years ago you needed your mouth washed out with soap. My kids were small then or I would have done that. But they would have put me in jail. Couldn't even spank them.Now to 2013 and we have a smart a__ kid with to much money and get's away like the rest of these kids who think their shi_ t don't stink.What has happened ? Seems they have no parents who care Just keep making money. Oh an be sure to tell an X Pres to F Off. Times have sure changed. Who is wrong Who should be SHUND. Seem like the wrong person is being punished. Good luck Paula

biggronn July 07, 2013 | 10:55 AM

All I know is that I've been called a -----, -------,red neck, white trash, white ---- and others. I can't go to a black college but they can go to a white college. We don't have a white pride month. Who's being racist? AND, how many of you voted for Obama just because he's black or semi black.

donna July 04, 2013 | 11:03 PM

Black is beautiful . My ancestors were butchered , raped , scalped , beaten , imprisoned . My people are the Native Americans . We were called savages , red skins ,and animals ,my people were also treated inhuman .There comes a time when you put the past to rest for its own sake . African Americans : Native Americans . The history is ours . It's time to let its ugliness rest . Our people can be strong with the memories . It's time to grow beyond what was .shame on Paula

sayndii July 02, 2013 | 8:02 PM

it's not about the word it's the intent when using it. I'm african american and if someone not of my race used it towards me i'd be ------. not because of the word but because you must be trying to hurt me with it. non african americans can't use the word....period! we were oppressed with it by non african americans and we are still be oppressed, just differently and secretly.

Kris80 July 02, 2013 | 5:51 PM

First off, this word is very wrong to use, BUT when you were raised by your own family using it , living it and being taught that this is the right way , is it really her fault? Remember friends she is from an older generation and it was 30 yrs ago, times have changed ALOT! Or is it her families fault? 30 yrs ago, really?! ALL of us have either said a word we shouldn't or we have even laughed when we shouldn't whether it be race, weight, height ,scar's etc.. no one and I mean NO ONE , is 100% innocent except God himself! Just bc she has made some money and is a success does not mean this treatment is ok and I pray that this case gets enough negative feedback that they sign her back on! This Lisa woman is a money grubber period and deep ,we ALL know it! Remember no one is perfect and we are forgiven everyday! So we need to forgive and if she deserves punishment, well, it's not up to us to judge and give it to her! Then aren't we doing the same thing she did? Think about it....

Jackie July 02, 2013 | 1:20 PM

As a Black female, I would like to state, The word ------ does not bother me, as "it's not what one is called, but rather what one answers to". The primary claimant of the ual harrassment and Bigotry charges brought against Paula and Bubba Deen is WHITE. The CEO's and CFO's of the various companies that are terminating Paula Deen's lucrative contracts are White. This issue could easily be interpreted as GREEN(money motivated), NOT Black OR White. People obtain the facts prior to reserving judgement.

not a hypocrite July 02, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Candy, at the end of the day for these companies its about money and protecting a brand. Dont be a hypocrite, if you owned a local business, would you hire someone with a bad past ( child molester etc...) Everyone on here talks about forgiving and oh it was 20 yrs ago, and so on. Point is, if you started losing business behind one person, and your community gave you crap about your decision to hire that person, im willing to bet he would not be there long.

not a Hypocrite July 02, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Once again, its not the same for a black person calling a black person the N word. Its the intent inwhich its used. Example, if two women are at a bar and one calls the other a stupid ----- or ----, its not thats its a great way of referencing each other but not the same as someone you dont know referencing you by that name. please people really. its not a nice word to use period, but within the black period it is understood for various resons, some dont like it because it was given and used by racist people.

Jeff July 02, 2013 | 8:39 AM

I too must ask "why stay five years" you must have been tickled for a while at least. Is this revenge, greed, lust ,jealousy, or "IF I can't be successful, then no one else will either", more traits of evil at play.

Not a Hypocrite July 02, 2013 | 8:31 AM

Becky and all of you who think the whole wedding crap would be so beautful, your on ckack and whit. Blacks are very sensitive to that time period. C Anderson put it Best, wiyh out repeating, Those are just a reminder that blacks, specially older dont want to be reminded of. You just wont understand unless your black. This is jus another reminder of our nation and how people think. People minimizes crap until the craps effects them. Just like The Zimmerman trial, people sending money for his defense. If it were their child that was murdered how do you think they would feel if someone sent money to their killers defense, (double standards) is the catch words I keep reading in the post on The Dean story. Do we really need to be reminded of disturbing things that happened in our past?

Jeff July 02, 2013 | 8:30 AM

This was an act of malice and jealousy. A dept. of Evil. Racism is stemmed from fear of the different that grows to resentment and hatred. So there is oppression, if they were not feared they would have no need to be oppressed. They wouldn't be a threat. But the human mind finds a way to justify this "inferiority" of said race. Fear of assimilation, of the disappearance of separate races, the fear of change. Greed feeds the desire to extort. All of these traits including the totally harmless word ------(turned into "fighting words")serve only one master. Different branches same tree. Satan, Lucifer, Mephisto, Baphomet etc. As long as someone hears ------, ----, ------- and goes ape---- Evil is still in charge. I am white and Cherokee. My brother(not by birth) is black and his family is part of me as well. Now the evil forked tounged ones will say " the biggest racist always say they have black friends" just like in Salem when reciting the lords prayer an accused innocent was interrupted by "Can you see the black man whispering into her ear?!" There of course wasn't any, but it doomed her. Evil doesn't, and cannot allow you to see or hear the truth. My opinion on this is as follows: Everything I have just said is true, and the proof is the destruction of a womans career, people fleeing to be PC and so on. Is destruction not also of Satan's talents?

-------Jack July 01, 2013 | 9:23 PM

About time everyone grew a pair of b___ and some strong shoulders. No where you go is everyone going to love you and sometimes folks will hate you no matter what. As a white ------- I have experienced just as much racism from blacks and Mexicans as they ever have from me. If you do not like Paula Deen products or recipes, do not buy them. I hate rap and do not buy it. But all this phony morality of the stores stigmatizing PD when they sell so much other crap is ridiculous and full of hypocrisy.

natureboy July 01, 2013 | 6:15 AM

Paula admitted to using the N word one time long ago ---- One time? In Savannah? try one time an hour!

MARSHA G June 30, 2013 | 7:36 PM

I so agree with many of the above comments. If the person was going through such a hard time with the Deen family then why did she continue to work with them. If I was treated as Lisa alleged she was then I would have gotten out a long time ago. I am in a mixed relation marriage so I do not want people to say I say what I am saying because I am racist. That is the farthest from the truth. It is said when in a world that the African Americans can have an all black college but the whites can not have an all white college. Then a wealthy person makes the slightest little mix up and it becomes a law suit. Is Paula perfect NO but who in the world is perfect NO ONE!

Irene Hill June 29, 2013 | 12:31 PM

I don't understand that all of the sudden people come out of the woodwork and filing a lawsuit - ridicules - the smell of money??? Shame, shame!!!! I will continue to buy her products.

carrie June 29, 2013 | 9:57 AM

I just wonder why it is that in todays society the word can be used in just about every rap song you hear and not be sued or it can be used to call one of your homies attention and that's fine. But someone growing up in the era where the word was used regularly and she is sued and condemned for it. She used it 30 years ago. People need to grow up. And my question is " If you were being ually harrassed and had to work with people you say are racist, then why heck did you work for them for 5 years" ? Looks to me like you would have left years ago. Why sue them now if it didn't you the 5 years you were employed with them? Do you need some quick money, or maybe your 15 minutes of fame and attention?

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