Johnny Depp apologizes for 'assassin' comments

Danny Woods
June 24, 2017

Following a tsunami of backlash on social media, on Friday Depp issued an apology to People, admitting his "bad joke" was "in poor taste". Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.

The joke, which the 54-year-old star made Thursday, featured Depp saying "maybe it's about time" that an actor killed the President. Following this response, Depp added while smiling, "I want to clarify, I'm not an actor". I lie for a living.

"President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead", the statement read.

In addition, the President's secret service is also "aware of the comment in question", an agency spokesperson told the Post.

The Secret Service also said in a statement,"For security reasons, we can not discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities".

Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain's Glastonbury music festival with a joke about assassinating Donald Trump, pondering how long it had been since an actor had killed a USA president.

However, TMZ reports he later backtracked, saying: "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice".

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The A-Lister had turned up at a drive-in cinema at Glastonbury, introducing his 2004 film "The Libertine" and answering questions from the 1,500-strong audience.

How, she wondered, will people react to Depp's remarks? "I live in fear that Johnny will return to the residence unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally", she wrote in a restraining order issued against Depp in 2016.

Last year, Depp took to impersonating Trump, playing the then-candidate in a amusing or Die sketch and on appearances with Elle DeGeneres and Graham Norton.

Depp's statement said he was trying to be amusing.

"This is going to be in the press, and it will be awful", he said. Actress and comedian Kathy Griffin faced an uproar over a photoshoot showing her holding a mock bloodied head made to look like Trump's.

Last year, Depp mocked then-candidate Trump in a satirical, video version of Trump's best-selling book, The Art of the Deal.

"Can we bring Trump here?" he asked the crowd. She also apologized but was sacked from hosting CNN's annual New Year's Eve broadcast.

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