Paula Deen Visits Chicago, Says She’ll Fight Harassment Allegations

CHICAGO (CBS) — Celebrity Chef Paula Deen is in Chicago for a cooking demonstration at the International Home + Housewares Show, as she faces a lawsuit for alleged sexual harassment.

But Deen tells WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller that she will see her accuser in court and fight the allegations.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

Deen has co-owned a restaurant called Hiers’ Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House with her brother, Bubba Hiers, in Savannah, Ga. They are being sued by a former general manager, Lisa Jackson.

Jackson claims she was sexually harassed by Deen’s brother, whom she says targeted her with unwanted advances, watched pornography in an office they shared, and distributed pictures of two women having sex together at a meeting in the office, CBS News reports.

CBS News says Jackson, who is white, also claims Deen and her brother used racial slurs. She alleged that Hiers made black staffers use a different entrance and banned them from using a customer restroom that white employees were permitted to use, among other allegations.

Deen says all the allegations are resolutely false.

“I’m going to see her in court, darling,” Deen told WBBM Newsradio. “There’s absolutely no truth. So like I said, I’m looking forward to just seeing her in court. Right will prevail.”

Deen also came out about her Type 2 diabetes not long ago. He disclosure prompted a backlash from many commentators, including CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson, who pointed out that many of her recipes are high in calories, sugar, fat and cholesterol.

But Deen says she is well.

“I’m doing great,” she said.

And she says she’s a big fan of Chicago too.

‘”I love Chicago,” Deen said. “It’s my favorite big city.”

  • German leprechaun

    She needs to keep her buttery, BLUBBERY fat a$$ down in the south, where it belongs.

    • olcoot

      If you will get his black ..s out of the WH and back to Chicago.

    • Amy

      Typical liberal, stuff your face with everything you can find and blame others because you are a fat slob. Grow up!

  • Amy

    Cmon, another crook trying to blackmail a celebrity, for a get rich quick scheme. Paula is not stupid or she would not have got as far as she did. She would not be using those words in front of others knowing full well she would leave herself wide open for these kinds of blackmail. It always smells rotten when the race and sex card is the trick they always pull, to blackmail a celebrity.
    Paula got her fame and fortune for cooking real southern cooking with plenty of butter and cream, yet everyone is suddenly shocked when her cooking is high in calories? Get real! If you do not like it, then do not cook it. Every since she revealed she is diabetic, she has become fair game for all the kooks in this country. Paula is great and loved a great deal by many.

    • German Leprechaun

      Wow! You must be an inbred redneck.

  • righttrack

    She needs to shove another whole ham in her face and move on down the road !!! What a phony !!!

    • German Leprechaun

      Simmered in lard first, of course. Them inbreds love their lard!!

  • marc(proud black man)

    Not as much as you whites love your mothers,sisters,and daughters.You guys have to realize inbreeding like you rural fuks do causes birth defects.

    Ah whatever, you guys don’t care.Go ahead keeping on banging your family members.

  • elle myrannda

    Shame on Paula Deen for misleading the public for years and finally telling the truth after striking a deal to make tons of money. Sure she has to look out for her family =, but not at the expense of the public. The woman has no ethics! She knew better, what kind of lessons does this teach her kids and grand kids. She should be forgiven, but I don’t think she feels she has done anything wrong.

    Paula, you have lost the public trust and respect.

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