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Johnny Depp Apologizes for Comparing Photo Shoots to Rape

RAINN Day

Actor Johnny Depp created a media firestorm this month when he compared enduring a photo shoot to being raped in an interview in Vanity Fair. But within hours of being called out for his comments by RAINN, he acknowledged his misstep and emailed RAINN a heartfelt apology.

“Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird — just weird,” Depp told Vanity Fair. RAINN spokesperson Katherine Hull quickly responded to Depp’s unfortunate comparison, noting, “While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every two minutes.”

Hull offered Depp the opportunity to learn more about the impact of sexual violence on survivors, saying: "While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every two minutes. 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."

Hours later RAINN received an email apology from Depp:

“Dear RAINN,
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. 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.
Sincerely, Johnny Depp”

Said Hull, "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."


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