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Paula Deen is in deep water again, but this time it’s not for eating too many doughnut burgers. Lisa Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, claims the two siblings sexually and racially harassed and assaulted their restaurant’s employees.
Jackson slapped Deen and Hiers with a lawsuit, which alleges that they used racial slurs at the restaurant and banned black employees from using the restaurant’s front entrance and a restroom that white employees could use. Jackson also claims Hiers made unwanted sexual advances toward her until she quit in order to avoid a nervous breakdown.
On Tuesday, Deen’s lawyer responded to the accusations in the suit, asserting that Jackson “has made baseless, inflammatory allegations, threatening to go to the press and ruin Paula Deen’s reputation and the reputation of her businesses unless we paid her a large sum of money.” He said he can’t wait to go to court.