Johnny Depp‘s November cover of Vanity Fair hasn’t even hit newsstands yet, and already he’s having to apologize for his interview in it. Just yesterday blogs and news sites attacked the actor for comparing being professionally photographed to being raped, and now he’s apologized for the error of his ways.
But not before the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the country’s largest anti-sexual violence group, complained about Depp’s comments, which you can read in full here, to Fox News. A spokeswoman for the organization said “being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every two minutes,” adding that the organization would love to work with Depp on ways to stop the violence.
While there’s no word on whether or not Depp will lend his voice to the cause, but he did offer a swift apology:
“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. “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.”
Apology accepted. Just, you know, next time, don’t compare something that people all over the world will kill to do to something that no one would wish on their worst enemy while a reporter is present.