Paula Deen Racism Charges Dropped By Judge Because Accuser Lisa Jackson Is White; Was The Verdict Fair?

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Disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen was sued by former employee, Lisa T. Jackson, for sexual and racial harrassment. Jackson, who was employeed at Deen's Lady & Sons and Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, alleged that Deen and her brother, Bubba Hier, were violent, discriminatory and racist during her five years working with them.

The case got murky and Deen lost her public prestige when bits of her deposition were leaked, where she admitted to using the N-word.

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But according to Paula Deen's deposition, which was taken in May, she has used the N-word and remembers using it when recalling an incident "when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head."

Jackson lawyer: "Miss Deen, have you told racial jokes?"

Paula Deen: "No, not racial."

Jackson lawyer: "Have you ever used the 'N' word yourself?"

Paula Deen: "Yes, of course."

"But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on," said Paula Deen in her deposition. "Things have changed since the '60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior."

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Despite Deen's attempt to respond to the racism allegations -- watch her statement here -- Deen was ultimately fired from Food Network, dropped by her publishers and lost many of her endorsement contracts. That said, all was not lost for Deen, as a judge on Monday threw out the racism suit against Paula Deen.

According to U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr., Jackson cannot file a racism suit as she is a white woman and so is Paula Deen. As such, Jackson cannot claim racism when the target of the racism is African-American.

"At best, plaintiff is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination," Moore wrote. "Her difficulties do not fall within the zone of interests sought to be protected by Title VII."

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"We are pleased with the court's ruling today that Lisa Jackson's claims of race discrimination have been dismissed," a representative of Deen told People magazine in a statement. "As Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone." 

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