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Paula Deen

I've Used the N-Word

... But I'm NOT Racist

6/19/2013 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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11:52 AM PT -- Paula's rep issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”  

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When Paula Deen was asked, under oath, if she has ever used the N-word -- she responded, "Yes, of course" ... and the shocking admission was all captured on tape.

Deen was being deposed in connection with a pending sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee who claims she was subjected to a barrage of racist, sexist and generally inappropriate comments while she worked at Paula's Oyster House restaurant in Georgia.

Here are the highlights from the jaw-dropping depo:

Lawyer: Have you ever used the N-word yourself?
Paula: Yes, of course.

Lawyer: Okay. In what context?
Paula: Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.

Sidenote -- Paula was held up at gunpoint during a bank robbery in 1986.

Lawyer: Okay. And what did you say?
Paula: Well, I don't remember, but the gun was dancing all around my temple ... I didn't -- I didn't feel real favorable towards him.

Lawyer: Okay. Well, did you use the N-word to him as he pointed a gun in your head at your face?
Paula: Absolutely not.

Lawyer: Well, then, when did you use it?
Paula: Probably in telling my husband.

Lawyer: Okay. Have you used it since then?
Paula: I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time.

Lawyer: Can you remember the context in which you have used the N-word?
Paula: No.

Lawyer: Has it occurred with sufficient frequency that you cannot recall all of the various context in which you've used it?
Paula: No, no.

Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you've used the N-word?
Paula: I don't know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.

Lawyer: Like a joke?
Paula: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don't -- I don't know. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.

We reached out to Paula for comment -- so far, no word back.

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MARIE    

If I use the S word...as in you STUPID people need to get a life...Is that a racial slur????? Do you people REALLY HAVE NOTHING MORE TO DO..wILL ALL YOU INNOCENTS WHO HAVE never USED A RACIAL SLUR PLEASE STAND UP????wOW i COUNT ZERO.....

454 days ago
272.

PK Caker    

I'll buy everyone of her cookbooks now - She is number one on my list. What a sham. So what ? What black person hasn't used that word several thousand times more than she has. Daily !!

454 days ago
273.

E    

That word is used every day everywhere, it is the way it is used toward a person that will make it a hate word and tell the truth of whats in a persons heart, I have seen racists of the worst kind and they will tell you they get anger over any thing that is different from what they have been taught all there lives.

454 days ago
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NANCY ACHORS    

EVERYONE MAKES A MISTAKE!!!! WHY SHOULD SHE LOSE HER JOB!!!!! THE BLACKS REFER TO THE WHITES WITH ALL SORT OF INSULTING NAMES AND NO ONE COMPLAINS ABOUT THAT.

GIVE THIS WOMAN A BREAK...SHE APOLOGIZED. WHY SHOULD SHE LOSE HER JOB. I AM SURE IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN AND THAT WORD WILL NEVER COME OUT OF HER MOUTH AGAIN. TO FORGIVE IS DIVINE......GIVE THIS WOMAN A BREAK.

454 days ago
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Joyce Mann     

I grew up spending all available time with my grandparents about 30 miles from Paula. You have no idea what life was like back then or the infuluence we had in our life. If you would focus on more good people and less Hollywood trash your show would have more staying power.

454 days ago
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marcus aurelius    

THE FOOD NETWORK WILL LOSE MANY MORE VIEWERS BY AXING PAULA DEAN THAN THEY WOULD HAVE LOST BY STANDING WITH HER. THE NETWORK'S PC-NESS IS GUTLESS AND SHAMEFUL!

454 days ago
277.

Ugotshook    

I call white people honkies...... But I'm not racist!

454 days ago
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ALANA MELVIN    

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND HER IS WE ARE NOT ON NATIONAL T.V. AND SELLING HOUSEWARES ALL AROUND THE GLOBE

454 days ago
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Pat Gates    

They need to leave Paula Deen alone. I do not agree with use of the N word, but I don't think Ms Deen deliberately uses this word for name calling or out of disrepect for another person. It's only because she is s TV celebrity that anyone cares amyhow. I think the food network will lose a lot of viewers by cancelling her show.

454 days ago
280.

Ima Peane    

In 1992, Paula became socially unacceptable

453 days ago
281.

hEarT_Of_bKlYn    

The point of firing her is because she is a national figure dummies!! You think the food network wants to be associated with with the N word when they associate with black people everyday?? You-all are so ignorant!! Why loose millions because Paula Dean uses her own slang!!! Im black and I use the word everyday some people accept it some people don't I don't think she should've lost her job she rich anyway who cares lol

453 days ago
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Esther S    

Shoot the mid '80s, that's nothin'. I live in Western PA. In early 2000's my husband was working emergency services. 911 was called and they were trying to find Black Hollow Road. GPS could not locate it. FInally after scoring maps they figured out why. It's official name was N***** Hollow Road. Had signs and everything. Signs said "N. Hollow Road" Hopefully it's fixed by now, but that really wasn't that long ago. Some places it takes a long time for change.

453 days ago
283.

lalet    

How many of you here have ever used the word cracker? or wet back? or gringo? Paula is just like anybody else, leave her alone.

453 days ago
284.

markavelli    

Shocking admission? TMZ have put themselves on a pedestal of hypocrisy. The "N" word is more of a stereotpye negative than a racial slur.
Example, a redneck kicked my car door. What color do you think his skin was??? Am I talking about all white people? Or just a very specific type of person within that group? People will always put labels on other people.


"When Paula Deen was asked, under oath, if she has ever used the N-word -- she responded, "Yes, of course" ... and the shocking admission was all captured on tape."

452 days ago
285.

Gayle    

I agree 100% with Thomas, the caller from San Antonio, Tx. TMZ sandbagged Paula Deen. You blew this story up, then claim you're justified because her "PR" people did a bad job. REALLY-- TMZ you perpetuated the 'Paula is a racist' line and you're partially responsible for the deplorable outcome Ms. Deen is now facing. This woman answered a question posed at a deposition truthfully. She was not using the 'N-bomb', and the video you showed of her bodyguard only went to illustrate the close, natural and normal relationship Paula has with her black employee(s). You are so out of line. You know, I'm sick of hearing the 'N-word' on rap and urban albums--you ready to destroy their business, brand/image? Or, is it, and I could not believe you all tried to justify rappers, etc., use of the 'N-bomb' by saying they change the last letter of the word from "r" to "a" and that an "a" makes it ok.

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