Farrakhan Admits Regrets

09/21/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

In a "60 Minutes" interview to air on Sunday, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says he regrets that his writings helped lead to the death of Malcolm X. The interview with Farrakhan and Malcolm X's oldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz, was conducted by Mike Wallace at Farrakhan's home in Arizona. Confronted by Shabazz on charges that he was responsible for her father's death, Farrakhan denied personal involvement but admitted that he "helped create the atmosphere" that led to the assassination on February 21, 1965. (Three Nation of Islam members were convicted of the murder.) "We cannot deny any responsibility in this," he said. "As I may have been complicit in words that I spoke leading up to February 21st, I acknowledge that and regret that any word that I have said caused the loss of life of a human being." In a statement released after the interview was taped, Shabazz said, "I wish him peace."

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