Johnny Depp Apologizes for Comparing Photoshoot to Rape
The "Rum Diary" star says he used “a poor choice of word” in the interview.
Some cultures believed that a photograph can steal a part of a person’s soul.
But when Johnny Depp compared being photographed to being raped, he went too far in the opinion of at least one activist group.
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In an interview with Vanity Fair in its November issue, The Rum Diary star explained that he doesn’t enjoy photoshoots.
"Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped ... It feels like a kind of weird -- just weird, man," said Depp, 48. "But whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like -- you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.”
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) issued a statement shortly after Depp’s controversial comments.
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"While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape - a violent crime which affects another American every 2 minutes,” said the statement. “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."
After Depp, whose next project, The Rum Diary, hits theaters on Oct. 28., got wind of RAINN’s statement, he promptly issues an apology on Wednesday.
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"It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful,” he wrote in a statement. “In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology."
RAINN accepted Depp’s apology, a rep told The Hollywood Reporter. "RAINN 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,” said Katherine Hull, spokesperson for RAINN.
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Back in June, Twilight star Kristen Stewart made a similar comment to British Elle. "What you don't see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction," she said. "The photos are so ... I feel like I'm looking at someone being raped.”
After public outcry, Stewart also issued an apology.