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Paula Deen

I Did NOT Dress Up Black Chef Like Aunt Jemima

7/25/2013 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0725_PAULA_DEEN_TMZ2Paula Deen is calling BS on a former chef who claims Deen made an African-American employee dress up like Aunt Jemima ... claiming the chef is crying racism in a pathetic money grab.

The woman behind the allegations is Dora Charles -- who ran Deen's kitchens for 22 years and helped open Paula's famous Lady & Sons restaurant in Georgia.

Charles spoke with the New York Times -- and claimed Deen wouldn't just use racial slurs in the kitchens, but wanted to dress up her employees as humiliating stereotypes.

Among the allegations, Charles says Deen tried to make her ring a dinner bell for restaurant customers ... something Charles felt was racially charged.

"That's a symbol to me of what we used to do back in the day," Charles said.

Charles also claims Deen tried to make another black female employee, Ineata Jones, dress up in an "old style Aunt Jemima outfit" while flipping hoecakes at a dining station.

But Deen says ... she's not only confident Charles is making the whole thing up -- but claims on July 6, Jones signed a legal document saying she had never felt discriminated against and never heard Deen spout racial slurs during her employment.

Charles has not filed a lawsuit, but claims she wants to get her story out so everyone will know the real Paula Deen.

Deen's camp fired back in a statement saying, "Dora's complaint is not about race but about money. It is about an employee that despite over 20 years of generosity feels that she still deserves yet even more financial support from Paula Deen."

Of course, Deen has previously admitted that she used the N-word ... but insists she never directed the slur at any of her employees.

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16.

Truth    

Deen should sue the crap out of her.

453 days ago
17.

BB not bb    

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m77wpq4MIy1rb8kjdo1_500.jpg


This lady is not welcome.

453 days ago
18.

Shock63    

I have watched Paula deen since she first aired on the food network and I do not believe these allegations against her the food net work should be kissing her feet if it wasn't for Paula deen they would not be where they are today she is a awesome person and does so much for others you keep up the good fight Paula we love you and pray for you and your family .

453 days ago
19.

taz    

No matter what Deen did or didn't do, it is fact that when you're down people will just pile on. I never think much of people who only complain long after the supposed offense happened. Just a money / attention grab.

453 days ago
20.

BH90210    

Who cares about Paula Deen anymore?

Racist or non-racist comments, she's old news. Career over.

Thank god.

453 days ago
21.

SunnyAutumn    

When she recently had a book signing, she made all the black people stay in the back of the line. They never made it to the front of the line. She called one a hoecake.

453 days ago
22.

Ace    

What if she cooked the pancakes on a George Foreman grill.

453 days ago
23.

BB not bb    

That is funny that the Aunt Jemima image is now offensive. I grew up with that image. It made me feel like I was eating special pancakes that made you happy and robust. I felt like this lady had the secret recipe to good pancakes.


Who will be allowed to be on the box now, Beyonce?

453 days ago
24.

Patricia    

Seriously? If someone was trying to belittle you and downgrade you, WHY THE **** would you work for her for more then 22 years? GET THE **** OUT OF HERE. Leave that woman alone. So annoying already. She lost jobs and people just keep on. STFU already.

453 days ago
25.

MYOB    

This is BS..sick of all the lying hamsters

453 days ago
26.

JFO    

And the piling on continues ... everyone who has worked for her or is working for her is looking for a pay day. What a joke!!

453 days ago
27.

ketjo    

Sorry boys !!! You showed your true self's this past weekend with that Racist Baiting articles on Zimmerman and lost complete credibility with everyone on anything like this.....
Your are doing nothing but Racist Baiting again ....Stirring the Pot.........Stirring up the Ants with no brains.....
O rang the Dinner Bell for years and years ...one Big one on the outside so my husband and workers count hear it and know I had dinner ready and I still do on set down dinners to let quest know to come in to eat.......Ain't a thing racial about it ......I don't believe a word of it......Leave this woman alone haven't you tortured her enough as it is......YOU ARE THE RACIST NOT US> PURE UNDILUTED RACISM STIRRING MEDIA ......

453 days ago
28.

Dee    

Paula - Have to say, I'm not a fan, ... but the way you've been treated is WRONG!!!
I do believe it's ALL ABOUT MONEY!!!
The woman worked for a "racist" for 22 years.
When did her 'conscience' kick in?

453 days ago
29.

Mikey    

Now its all starting to make sense. People use to work "back in the day" so if you make them work now its racist. Therefore we have welfare and food stamps.

453 days ago
30.

Mikey    

If you go to an Italian restaurant and the help is dressed in old world Italian clothing that would also be racist.

453 days ago
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