Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word during a break in a recent TV interview in which he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to CNN.

Confirmed by Fox News
on Wednesday (July 16), this turn of events is sure to draw more criticism the civil rights leader’s way, as he has already come under fire for crude off-air comments against Obama in what he thought was a private conversation during a taping of a “Fox & Friends” news show.

Jackson reportedly said Obama was “talking down to black
people
,” and referred to them with the N-word when he said Obama was
telling them “how to behave.”

A Fox spokesman confirmed the claim, but declined to release a full transcript of the July 6 show.

I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I
have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to
Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the
American publi
c,” said Jackson in an earlier written statement.

There
really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama
family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as
a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the
American people.

Jackson has not commented on the new accusations.