Petraeus apologizes at Southern Cal. appearance
Updated: Wednesday, March 27 2013, 10:06 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Former CIA chief David Petraeus says he's sorry.
The apology came Tuesday night at his first public appearance since an extra-marital affair derailed his career last year.
The retired four-star general was greeted with a standing ovation at the University of Southern California.
Petraeus was there to honor veterans and reserve officers in training.
He didn't waste any time, however, clearing the air on more personal matters.
"Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends, and supporters," Petraeus said.
Petraeus resigned after his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell was discovered during an FBI investigation into emails she sent to another woman she viewed as a rival.