Johnny Depp has apologized for comparing getting his photograph taken to a sexual assault.
The actor made headlines on Tuesday for comments he made in the November issue of Vanity Fair.
“You just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing,” he told the mag. “It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man… Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like – you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.”
The 48-year-old actor has since apologized for his choice of words.
“I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling,” Depp said, via Reuters. “I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”
The actor’s comments raised eyebrows on Tuesday with RAINN, the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network.
“While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every two minutes. RAINN welcomes the opportunity to speak with Mr. Depp and educate him about the real life experiences faced by survivors every day, and ways that he can work with RAINN to help,” Katherine Hull, the spokesperson for the organization, told Radar Online.
Johnny will next be seen on the big screen in “The Rum Diary” on October 28.