Paula Deen's Ex-Husband Comes To Her Defense
In the wake of the racism controversy (and the release of a video begging the American public for forgiveness) Deen's ex is standing by her side. James Deen Sr. insists his ex-wife is not a racist.
"She has never been nor never will be a racist. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I was married to the lady for 27 years, I know her pretty well," James told Celebuzz.
"Look at her and Oprah, they are the best of friends," he added.
"The thing about it is people don’t know the real Paula from what they see on TV. She’s a very personable person, she loves people, she loves everybody and she’s very loving.
"We live and talk and work with the same people every day and some of our best friends are black. She would not do anything to hurt anyone," said James.
He adds that her regret, as shown in a personal statement today (June 21) she released on YouTube, is genuine.
"If you gathered everybody in America, you could not find five people that can’t say they wished they could take something back."
And he tries to explain her use of the slur in the past.
“When she was younger she was robbed. She worked in a bank as a teller. A man came in and stuck a gun to her face, called her an ugly word and it scared her to death and he just happened to be black," he said. "She may have come home that night and used the word to describe the robber. But just to go out and talk about people like that, never.
"Some of the best people we know are black.
"She deserves forgiveness. She’s loving and sincere and if she’s asked for it she means it."
All this comes in the aftermath of recorded deposition in which the 66-year-old TV star admits to telling racist jokes, using the N-word, and planning a slavery-themed wedding. Paula's former restaurant manager, Lisa Jackson, filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against the butter-loving cook and her brother Bubba Hiers alleging the silver-haired chef used the N-word at work and that Hiers sexually harassed her.
James believes the former employee has ulterior motives.
"The lady claiming this happens to be white," he said. "I don't know why she would bring that up unless she's trying to make more money off Paula."