Those crafty folks at Inside Edition have dug up Paula Deen’s police report from 1987, when she was a bank teller and was held up by an African-American robber.
The Southern chef admitted in a deposition that she used the “N” word to describe the suspect to her husband, but in a police report, she was completely politically correct describing him as a “small black man.”
The police report in her own handwriting says:
“The man was wearing a homemade mask, green …Very nervous, but was also very abrupt and demanding. He never took the gun out of my face. The robber held a small, worn paper sack. He said, ‘Fill it up. Fill it up, and quick. Fill it with $100 bills.’ … Never taking the gun off of me.”
The suspect was unusually apologetic in his statement:
“I was surprised when I walked in and saw the lady that was the teller at the window, because I knew her from the downtown bank where I normally bank. I thought she would recognize me because there were some holes in the stocking covering my face. I can’t remember her name, but I know who she is. She is blonde, attractive and in her 30’s. Please tell her I’m sorry, but I never intended to hurt anyone.”
The scandal has cost Paula millions of dollars losing her TV show with the Food Network, an endorsement deal with Smithfield pork company and now Ceasar’s Entertainment has dropped Paula Deen-themed restaurants at four of its casinos: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrah’s Tunica in Mississippi, Harrah’s Joliet in Illinois and Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina.
We are told QVC, Random House, Sears and a diabetes drug maker are all monitoring the situation.