Johnny Depp offers ‘heartfelt apology’ for likening photo shoots to being raped

October 5, 2011

Johnny Depp. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped ... It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man.”

After the comments sparked the expected outrage from an anti-sexual assault group, the “Rum Diary” star apologized.

The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) released a statement informing Depp that rape and photo shoots are quite different: “While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape. ... RAINN welcomes the opportunity to speak with Mr. Depp and educate him about the real life experiences faced by survivors every day.”

Depp responded to RAINN’s concerns with an apology, according to Fox News.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart made a similarly poor statement last year, when she told Elle magazine being famous is like “being raped.” She later apologized for the word choice.

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