Celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted in a recorded deposition that she used the N-word, told racist jokes and planned a slavery-themed wedding, according to multiple reports.
Fox News reported the May 17 deposition was part of a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by Lisa Jackson, the former manager of a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant run by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.
Jackson alleges Deen used the N-word at the restaurant and that Hiers sexually harassed her.
In the deposition, Deen reportedly replied, "Yes, of course," when asked if she used the N-word.
Deen also supposedly admitted telling racist jokes. "It's just what they are -- they're jokes. Most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks... I can't determine what offends another person."
Jackson alleges Deen wanted African-American employees to act like slaves for a wedding she was planning.
Deen said she got the idea from a restaurant where "the whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie," the National Enquirer reported, quoting her as saying, "I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America ... after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War ...
It was not only black men, it was black women... I would say they were slaves."
The report also claimed her brother admitted to calling President Obama the N-word.
Deen has not commented on the reports.