Fresh allegations have emerged that Paula Deen used derogatory language when speaking not only about black people but also gay people
The celebrity chef openly wept on Wednesday's Today show in a bid to save her career
Family are reportedly concerned that Dean, who has Type 2 diabetes, is comfort eating fatty foods as a result of the crisis
Following her Today appearance, the chef lost another two endorsement deals, with Walmart and Caesars, to add to the two she has already lost
Now another former employee, Renee Mincey McDonald, has come forward and claimed to the National Enquirer that she regularly heard Deen use the N-word during the years 1998-2003 when she worked as a waitress at Deen’s ‘Lady & Sons’ restaurant in Savannah, Ga.
According to the magazine's report, McDonald said black staff members were ‘treated like animals,’ while Deen would also ‘refer to homosexuals as f******.’
N***** was Paul’s favorite word – she used it all the time! I’ve heard Paula specifically say she "did not want any n***** working in front of the house as hostesses, waiters or bussers,”’ McDonald told the National Enquirer.
‘She only wanted them working in the back of the restaurant where the patrons couldn’t see them.
A representative for Deen told the Enquirer that she denied using the derogatory terms to refer to black and homosexual employees and denied the claim that she did not want black employees in the front of her restaurant.
Deen famously lost 40 pounds after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes but a source close to her family told the Enquirer that she has been binge eating on high fat comfort foods in the wake of the scandal and they are concerned for her health.
The chef has already gained some of the weight she lost and there are worries that the stress of handling scandal may trigger her to gain all the weight she has lost and maybe even more. 'Paula is an emotional eater with little self-control when it comes to drowning her sorrows with fattening comfort foods - and having her racist remarks laid bare has triggered a round of unparalleled eating binges,' the source told the Enquirer.