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OTRC: Johnny Depp apologizes for 'rape' comments to Vanity Fair

Johnny Depp appears at a press conference to promote 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. (Walt Disney Company)

Johnny Depp is sorry about offending people following comments made to Vanity Fair magazine, in which he compared posing for photo shoots to "being raped."

Depp's remarks were published in the magazine's November 2011 issue, which featured several photos of the actor in various poses, including one that shows him smoking what appears to a hand-rolled cigarette. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, one of the most popular actors in the world, has not commented about the issue publicly.

Vanity Fair had quoted him as saying: "You just feel like you're being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird - just weird, man ... Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it's like - you just feel dumb. It's just so stupid."

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) criticized his comments, which were widely cited online.

"I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way," Depp later said in a press statement. "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."

On Wednesday, RAINN Tweeted: "@RAINN01 appreciates & accepts Depp's apology & hopes 2 work w/ him in the future 2 provide support 4 victims of rape."

Depp, 48, rose to fame with the 1980s series "21 Jump Street" and developed the beloved character of the mischievous Jack Sparrow in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. He is also known for starring roles in darker films, namely his friend Tim Burton's movies "Edward Scissorhands," "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Depp also played the late eccentric journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, one of the actor's close friends, in the 1998 film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." He also stars in a new movie based on the author's books "The Rum Diary." It hits theaters on October 28.

Depp, a Kentucky native, has tended to keep away from the spotlight when he is not promoting a film and lives with his girlfriend and two children in France.

Depp was recently named by Forbes as the second highest-earning actor with annual earnings of some $50 million. He reprised his role as Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth film in the Disney franchise that hit theaters earlier this year. It has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

"Basically, if they're going to pay me the stupid money right now, I'm going to take it," Depp told Vanity Fair. "I have to. I mean, it's not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it's for my kids. It's ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It's for the kids."

Check out the trailer for "The Rum Diary" below.

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