Former AIG chief sues Eliot Spitzer for defamation

July 13, 2013 04:53

July 12 (Reuters) - Former American International Group Chief Executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg sued Eliot Spitzer on Friday, alleging the former New York governor defamed him in several statements to the press, according to the lawsuit.

One Spitzer comment cited in the court filing was made to a legal newspaper in 2012, saying AIG was run "in a corrupt way," said a copy of the lawsuit filed in a New York state court and posted on the Fox Business website.

"This lawsuit is frivolous," Spitzer, who is eyeing a political comeback, said in an emailed statement, adding a recent decision from the New York Court of Appeals bolstered his view. New York's high court last month rejected Greenberg's attempt to dismiss a fraud suit brought by the state's attorney general.

Spitzer added he "will be happy to discuss the relevant facts in the days ahead."

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