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Paula Deen: Robber 'Never Took the Gun Out of My Face'

June 27, 2013

Georgia-born celebrity chef Paula Deen said in a 1987 police report the man who robbed her while she was working in a bank "never took the gun out of my face."

The crime has been in the spotlight this month because Deen recently admitted referring to the alleged robber, a black man, by the N-word after the incident.

Deen, 66, was fired by The Food Network and lost her business deals with Walmart, Harri's and Smithfield Foods after she said in a deposition for a lawsuit she has used the racial slur in the past.

The chef is being sued for $1.2 million by a former employee who alleged Deen created a hostile work environment by using racist language.

During an appearance on "Today" Wednesday, Deen denied she is a racist, said she believes all people should be treated equally and insisted she only used the N-word to describe the man who perpetrated the harrowing robbery for which she was a victim.

"Inside Edition" said Wednesday it has exclusively obtained a copy of Dene's 1987 police report detailing the incident.

"The man was wearing a homemade mask, green," Deen wrote in her report. "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."

"Inside Edition" did not identify the alleged robber or say if he had been convicted of any crimes.

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