He told People magazine today that he “intended no malice” and “was only trying to amuse.”
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in the statement. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star’s crack that referenced President Donald Trump was made to the crowd at the English festival, which he was attending as the inaugural “Guest of Honour” for its new drive-in movie attraction Cineramageddon.
“Can we bring Trump here? … I think he needs help,” he said, then added, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” The line drew mostly cheers and a few boos.
He soon clarified: “I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.” (See the video here.)
The White House today condemned the comments: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. 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.”
The Secret Service also confirmed to media outlets today that it knows about the comments.