Bank boss adamant he did not make racist comment

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'This is not a racially discriminatory comment'.

An ABN Amro Group NV executive said allegations by a bank lawyer that he made racist remarks about photos and television programs were 'deeply hurtful'.

Bloomberg News reports that Paul Schuilwerve said his comment that he couldn’t see Angela Cobbina, who is black, in a photo wasn’t discriminatory.

'This is not a racially discriminatory comment', Schuilwerve said in a witness statement at a London employment tribunal Monday. 'The lighting is poor and the quality of the photo is low'.

Cobbina, 41, claims she was subjected to race and sex bias in a campaign to force her out of the company. She was fired as U.K. head of legal in September.

'To be accused of discrimination is a very serious matter and this is a matter of principle for me, as well as a serious professional issue', said Schuilwerve, 56, who isn’t a defendant in the case.

Schuilwerve, then the chief executive officer of ABN Amro’s U.K. unit, said management changes were necessary after an inspection by U.K. regulators in 2012 revealed problems in clearing, finance and compliance.

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