Paula Deen: From the Kitchen to the Courtroom in 5 Clicks

With her racial discrimination claims now dismissed, see how the celebrity chef went from whipping up Southern specialties to stirring up controversy

  • 2. A SIDE OF CONTROVERSY  photo | Paula Deen

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Updated: Tuesday Aug 13, 2013 | 04:20 AM EDT By: Alison Schwartz

2. A SIDE OF CONTROVERSY

Though known for her sweet-as-pie personality, Deen finds herself in hot water in 2012 when Lisa Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, sues Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, who own the restaurant, claiming she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs. In a May 17, 2013, deposition, the celeb chef admits to Jackson's lawyer that "Yes, of course" she has used the N-word in the past, but, "It's been a very long time." Deen adds: "That's just not a word that we use as time has gone on."