SAVANNAH, Ga. (June 19, 2013)--Celebrity cook Paula Deen says in a lawsuit deposition that she has used racial slurs in the past, but she insists that she and her brother, who are accused of racial and sexual discrimination in the suit filed by a former manager of their restaurant, don't tolerate hateful behavior.
In the court deposition filed Monday in federal court, an attorney for former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson presses Deen, 66, about her racial views and those of her brother, Bubba Hiers.
Deen was asked if she's ever used "the N-word."
"Yes, of course,” she responded.
Deen said she likely used the slur in the 1980s after a black man held her at gunpoint at the Georgia bank where she worked.
Deen insists she and her brother object to slurs being used in "any cruel or mean behavior."