Johnny Depp offers 'heartfelt' apology for rape comment [update]
This post has been updated, as detailed below.
Johnny Depp is full of regret over a recent interview comment in which the "Rum Diary" actor likened the chore of sitting through a photo shoot to being raped.
"Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped.... It feels like a kind of weird –- just weird," Depp said in an interview with Vanity Fair, shot by fashion photog Terry Richardson.
Groups including RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, swatted the actor for such a comparison, saying that "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."
Depp realizes his poor choice of words and put forth an apologetic statement on Tuesday.
"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," he said.
"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."
[Updated, 2:36 p.m. Oct. 6: RAINN contacted the Ministry with a reaction to Depp's statement, saying in an e-mail that the group "appreciates and accepts Johnny Depp's heartfelt apology. We hope to work with him to provide hope to victims of rape and make sure they get the help they deserve."]
Depp isn't the only celeb to make that comparison, incidentally: Kristen Stewart apologized last year for her choice of words after telling British Elle she felt like she was looking at someone who was being raped when she looked at paparazzi and red carpet photos of herself.
She said at the time that "violated" would have been a better word.
-- Matt Donnelly
Top photo: Johnny Depp in 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times