Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination comment

The White House issued a statement condemning Depp's remark.
By Jose Jefferies | Jun 26, 2017
In a statement to People on Friday, actor Johnny Depp issued an apology for his eyebrow-raising remark about President Trump, when he said: "When was the last time actor assassinated a president?"

Depp made the comment during an appearance at the UK's Glastonbury Festival when referring to the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth, adding, "I want to qualify. I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time."

But Depp told People that he was only trying to be funny.

"I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice," said Depp. "I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone."

The White House issued a statement condemning Depp's remark.

"President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead," the statement said. "I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official."

In April, U.S. District Court David Hale ruled that three injured protesters could move forward with a lawsuit against the Trump campaign alleging the president incited or implicitly encouraged violence at a rally in Kentucky last year, according to CNN.

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