In a highly anticipated video released Tuesday, Carlos Ghosn characterizes his ousting from the automaker he led for 20 years as "a conspiracy" by "selfish" Nissan executives afraid to forge ahead in its alliance with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Renault SA.

"This is about a plot. This is about conspiracies. This is about backstabbing," the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman says in the video that according to his lawyers was recorded April 3, the day before his fourth arrest.

"I have a lot of respect for Nissan employees," he says. "I am talking here about a few executives who obviously for their own interest and for their own selfish fears are creating a lot of value destruction ... we are talking about people who really played a very dirty game."