Celebrity chef Paula Deen has admitted to using the N-word and telling insensitive racial jokes during a May 17 deposition that was videotaped — and also confessed to her brother's cocaine, pornography and alcohol addictions!
Paula, 66, admitted to using the N-word and wanting black waiters to play the role of slaves at a wedding party she was putting together, a new bombshell report from the National Enquirer claims.
"The personal disclosures uncovered have stunned Paula's family and could mark the collapse of her entire empire," a source told the tabloid.
The Emmy-winning kitchen queen was questioned for three hours because of the $1.2 million 2012 lawsuit in which the former General Manager of their Savannah, Georgia, restaurant, Lisa Jackson, claimed use of the N-word by Paula and sexual harassment and infliction of distress and assault by her brother Bubba Hiers.
When asked by Lisa's Atlanta-based attorney if she'd ever used the N-word, Paula responded, "Yes, of course," and gave examples of times she used the offensive term.
In terms of telling racist jokes, Paula said, "It's just what they are — they're jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can't determine what offends another person."
And when asked if she wanted black men to play the role of slaves at a wedding she explained she got the idea from a restaurant her husband and her had dined at saying, "The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.
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"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."
During the deposition, Bubba also made shocking admissions, including using the N-word in reference to President Barack Obama.
"While Paula and Bubba did make some pretty damaging confessions in their depositions, what they admitted to only scratches the surface of what actually goes on in their daily lives," an insider told the Enquirer.
To find out more about Paula and Bubba's disturbing deposition, pick up the latest issue of the National Enquirer, on newsstands Thursday.
A representative for Deen exclusively tells ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, "Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court."