The CEO of American International Group is apologizing for controversial comments linking criticism of his company to victims of racism during the civil rights era.
Robert Benmosche complained to the Wall Street Journal that AIG employees were treated badly because they were paid $165-million in bonuses in 2009 after the insurer received a huge government bailout.
Benmosche compared the backlash to a lynch mob in the deep south and said it was just intended to stir up public anger.
In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Benmosche calls it a "poor choice of words" and said he never meant to offend anyone by it.
AIG did not respond to CNN's request for comment about the interview.
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