Paul Deen Defends Using the ??N? Word: I Was Born in the Segregated South

Paul Deen Defends Using the ??N? Word: I Was Born in the Segregated South

After coming under fire for using the N-word, Paula Deen is defending herself by claiming its due to her Southern heritage.

In a deposition for her current lawsuit (which the 66-year-old and her brother are being sued by a former employee) Miss Deen admits she used the racial slur in the past, but would never use it today.

During the deposition, Paula explained that she definitely used the N word before, most notably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head back in 1986.

In a statement released this afternoon (June 20), Paula Deen Enterprises defended the famous chef and said, During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today. [Paula] was born 60 years ago when Americas South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today.

The statement continues that she does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination.

Stay tuned to GossipCenter for the latest on this case.