BOSTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Scott Brown has apologized for suggesting Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren used paid actors in political ads defending her work in an asbestos lawsuit.
The Taunton Daily Gazette reported that Brown was asked how Warren got family members of asbestos victims to appear in her ads.
Brown said that "a lot of them are paid." He also said "we hear that maybe they pay actors."
Warren called the comments "shameful."
Brown's campaign immediately issued a statement from Brown saying he was wrong "to have jumped to those conclusions."
In one ad, Kingston resident Virginia Jackson talks about how her husband died in 1990 of mesothelioma -- a cancer linked to asbestos -- after he was exposed while working at a Quincy shipyard.