TV chef Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers find themselves in a firestorm of controversy as a lawsuit accuses them of using racial slurs, including against President Barack Obama.
Lisa Jackson, a former general manager at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and Hiers, filed suit against the two on Monday (March 5) for numerous instances of sexual harassment. Within those documents, Jackson accuses both Deen and Hiers of using the N-word.
In court documents acquired by Radar Online, Jackson discusses her conversations with Deen about what servers and staff should wear for Hiers’ 2007 wedding. Deen allegedly replies, “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n****** to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.”
As for Hiers, the filing states, “In the presence of Ms. Jackson and Uncle Bubba’s restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n*****-rig it.”
As it relates to the harassment charges, Jackson makes comparably shocking accusations. The lawsuit states, “At a weekly manager’s meeting that included Ms. Jackson, Bubba Hiers brought printouts of an email that stated ‘Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legal,’ and showed pictures of women having sex with women. Mr. Hiers proceeded to pass emails around the table for everyone to see. No outrage was expressed and no action was taken in response to his behavior.”
Neither Deen nor Hiers has commented on the matter.