Johnny Depp Apologizes for 'Bad Joke' About Assassination

'It did not come out as intended'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2017 3:10 PM CDT
Johnny Depp: Sorry About Assassination Joke
Actor Johnny Depp introduces a film at the Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Thursday, June 22, 2017.   (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Johnny Depp has responded to uproar over his joke about assassinating the president. "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," he says in a statement to People. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone." Depp was introducing a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine at England's Glastonbury Festival Thursday when he mused, among other things, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

The Secret Service has released its own statement confirming it is aware of the remark, while the White House issued a statement noting that "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead." Mediaite, meanwhile, says no one should be surprised by Depp's remark, considering his history of alleged abuse. (More Johnny Depp stories.)

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