Paula Deen Apologizes in Video Statement For 'Hurtful Language'

Paula Deen Apologizes in Video Statement For 'Hurtful Language'

Paula Deen Apologizes in Video Statement For 'Hurtful Language'

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by Abcnews.com

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 4:16 PM

Paula Deen apologized in an online video today for the "mistakes that I have made" after mounting criticism of a deposition in which the celebrity chef admitted to using racial slurs.

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," a teary Deen said in the 46-second video that was posted online this afternoon.

 

"I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable," she said. "I've made plenty of mistakes along the way but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I have made."

The celebrity chef and her brother are being sued for racial and sexual discrimination by Lisa Jackson, who worked as a manager of their restaurant. During a deposition in May, Jackson's lawyer asked Deen, 66, if she'd ever used the N-word. She said she had.

In a statement issued to ABCNews.com on Thursday, Paula Deen Enterprises said the chef was "speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today."

"She was born 60 years ago when America's 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 said.

Deen's attorney, Bill Franklin, said Deen "does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable."

On Thursday, the Food Network, which broadcasts two of Deen's shows, said the cable channel "does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion" and would continue to monitor the situation.

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