Paula Deen Accuser: Lawsuit “Has Never Been About the N-Word”
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Paula Deen Accuser: Lawsuit “Has Never Been About the N-Word”

Lisa Jackson, the party behind the lawsuit that brought us Paula Deen's racially charged deposition (and brought to light her alleged comments about the n-word, slavery, and more), has finally responded to all the turmoil: it's about more than the n-word.

"This lawsuit has never been about the N-word," says a statement given to CNN by her lawyer. "It is to address Ms. Deen's patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior."

The suit, which is also directed at Paula's brother Bubba Hiers, alleges a larger pattern of racism and misogyny during her five-year employment under the Paula Deen restaurant empire.

"I may be a white woman, but I could no longer tolerate her abuse of power as a business owner, nor her condonation of Mr. Hier's despicable behavior on a day-to-day basis," the statement continues. "I am what I am, and I am a human being that cares about all races, and that is why I feel it is important to be the voice for those who are too afraid to use theirs."

For what it's worth, Paula's lawyer is still calling the allegations false, as much as Paula's comments just in her deposition were enough for many to sever ties.

Paula has come under fire in recent weeks, not just for admitting to using the n-word in the past, but for her comments about a southern-themed wedding, and her uncomfortable idea for the waitstaff.

In her deposition, Paula said she'd gotten an idea from a restaurant where all the servers were "middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful black jackets with a black bow tie [...] I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America [...] after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War [...] It was not only black men, it was black women [...] I would say they were slaves.”

The lawsuit alleges that Paula put it in an even more offensive way in the past: "What I would really like is a bunch of little n****s 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."

07.2.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
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