Paula Deen Promises To Release Video Statement ‘Shortly’

After days of taking fire over racial comments she made in a taped deposition for a discrimination suit, Food Network celebrity chef Paula Deen took to her Twitter page Friday morning and promised to release a video statement. 

“I will be releasing a video statement shortly,” Deen wrote. 

Deen is being sued by a former employee who claimed to have been subjected to racist and sexist behavior by Deen’s brother, who runs a restaurant owned by Deen. Attorneys for Deen and her brother have denied the allegations, which include black employees being forced to use separate restrooms and entrances. In her deposition for the case, Deen described an incident where she told the employee how she wanted to have a “very southern style wedding” for her brother with an all-black staff. She also admitted to having used the N word in the past.

Since the deposition first became public Wednesday, Deen has not personally addressed the issue and she cancelled a planned appearance on the Today Show Friday.

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