By Kat Giantis
"Yes, of course." And with those three words, Paula Deen's buttery, deep-fried food empire started to crumble. That was the answer she gave during a deposition when asked if she'd ever used the n-word. Her seemingly cavalier attitude toward racism sparked an immediate backlash and prompted her to issue a videotaped apology.
"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," said a tearful Deen. "I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way. But I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners -- I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."
Deen is just the latest in a long line of celebrities who have issued a public mea culpa after an embarrassing incident. Click through to see who else has served up a heaping helping of public contrition …
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