LOS ANGELES — George Lucas has apologized for criticizing Disney’s handling of “Star Wars” and saying he had sold his characters to “white slavers” in a recent interview with Charlie Rose.

In a statement issued Thursday, Lucas says he misspoke and used a “very inappropriate analogy.”

It’s not clear what he meant, and Rose didn’t ask a follow-up question on his PBS show that aired Dec. 24.

The “Star Wars” creator sold Lucasfilm to the Walt Disney Co. in 2012 for $4.06 billion, and the studio developed “The Force Awakens” with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.