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T-Mobile CEO Legere Apologizes for Comments Referring to Rape

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John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile US Inc., during an event in Seattle on June 18, 2014. Close

John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile US Inc., during an event in Seattle on June 18, 2014.

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John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile US Inc., during an event in Seattle on June 18, 2014.

T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) Chief Executive Officer John Legere apologized on his Twitter account for saying yesterday that rivals are “raping” consumers by overcharging them.

“The drawback to having no filter when I speak -- sometimes I need a filter. Genuinely apologize to those offended last night,” Legere said today. “I know I have a rated-R vocabulary, but even I can go too far.”

A self-styled rebel who routinely wears a hot-pink T-shirt to promote T-Mobile, Legere has helped the fourth-largest wireless carrier outpace its bigger competitors in subscriber additions this year. If Sprint Corp. reaches a deal to buy T-Mobile, Legere is likely to run the combined company, people familiar with the matter said last month.

At a press event yesterday, Legere railed against AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. “These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have,” he said. “The f---ers hate you.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Moritz in New York at smoritz6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Sarah Rabil at srabil@bloomberg.net Crayton Harrison, Niamh Ring

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