Johnny Depp apologizes for 'assassin' comments

However, what he said right after really shocked people: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?".

As Depp predicted at Glastonbury, the comment indeed made headlines and the White House did not appear to find it amusing.

"Can we bring Trump here?" he asked. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice".

The 54-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" star then added: "I want to qualify, I am not an actor".

The actor was at the Glastonbury Festival in England and had taken the stage to introduce his 2004 film The Libertine when somebody asked him to make a comment on Trump.

Previously johnny Depp has expressed willingness to play the American leader. "I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone". His "qualifiers" notwithstanding, Depp knew that the assembled press would eat up his John Wilkes Booth reference and blast it all over the world. "The President's made it clear that we should denounce violence in all its forms, and I think if we're going to hold to that standard and we should all agree that standard should be universally called out".

"I'm sick of celebrities getting away with such disgusting comments", Ronna Romney McDaniel, the Republican National Committees chairwoman, wrote on Twitter. As previously reported, Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN that the agency was aware of what Depp had said.

In May, US comedian Kathy Griffin apologized for a provocative photo shoot in which she brandished a bloodied, decapitated model head resembling President Trump.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday "the lack of outrage" over Depp's comments was "a little troubling".

News network CNN announced that it was parting ways with Griffin, and she wouldn't be participating as co-host of the New Year's Eve special with Anderson Cooper, as she had in years past.

Spicer criticized a NY stage production of "Julius Caesar" that dressed the assassinated Roman leader like Trump.

"I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump", Depp said in his statement. The theater said it never advocates violence as a solution to political problems.

  • Salvatore Jensen