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June 26th, 2013
09:30 AM ET

In tearful interview, Paula Deen slams 'horrible lies'

By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - Celebrity chef Paula Deen, facing allegations of racism that have caused parts of her empire to crumble, slammed what she called "horrible, horrible lies" about her in an emotional, nationally televised interview Wednesday.

"I believe that every creature on this Earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal," she told NBC's "Today" show. "... I believe that everyone ought to be treated equal."

Deen was raised to never be unkind to anyone, she said.

"I've had to hold friends in my arms while they've sobbed," Deen said, crying. "Because they know what's being said about me - it's not true. And I'm having to comfort them, and tell them it's going to be all right. If God got us to it, he'll get us through it."

The accusations against Deen stem from a lawsuit filed by a former manager of Deen's restaurants in Savannah, Georgia. Lisa T. Jackson's lawsuit alleges that Deen and her brother, Bubba Hier, committed numerous acts of violence, discrimination and racism that resulted in the end of Jackson's five-year tenure at Deen's Lady & Sons and Uncle Bubba's Oyster House eateries in Savannah.

Deen rejects the allegations.

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  1. WeepingWolf

    Im sorry but if black folks want white folks to stop using that word, then black folks have to give it up also. Plain and simple. No one can give me a reason ANYONE should use a term as offensive as that, wether it ends in r or a.

    July 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary K. Walker

    Paula Deen probably used the *N* word and probably grew up with its use – she is 67, and in the South it happens. In fact it was that way until just recently. I grew up in the Midwest and never saw an African-American until I went to college! I live now in SC and about 70% of the people are A-A. Co-exist!

    July 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sasha

    Tell It! Marveto Britto!

    June 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |