Johnny Depp: I’m sorry for comparing photo shoots to rape
JOHNNY Depp the Pirates of the Caribbean star, has apologised for his "poor choice of words" after he compared his photo shoots to being raped.
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine he remarked how he found being photographed “just weird” and added: “You just feel like you're being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing.”
He later acknowledged his poor judgement after being criticised by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a US organisation which works with sexual assault victims.
In a statement he apologised for “a poor choice of words on my part, in an effort to explain a feeling”.
He said he was “truly sorry for offending anyone in any way - I never meant to”. “I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful.”
“In an effort to correct my lack of judgement, please accept my heartfelt apology,” the actor added.
During the interview, Mr Depp, 48, discussed how he felt uncomfortable being asked to pose for photo shoots, but that the money offered made the decision easier.
He said: “Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it's like - you just feel dumb. It's just so stupid.”
RAINN had initially criticised the Hollywood star by saying that “while photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape”. It has since said it “appreciates and accepts” the apology.
Discussing pay in Hollywood, Mr Depp - the star of films including Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland - also told the magazine: “Basically, if they're going to pay me the stupid money right now, I'm going to take it. I have to.”
He said he was not taking the money “for me”. "At this point, it's for my kids. It's ridiculous, yeah, yeah,” he added.