Johnny Depp has never enjoyed photo shoots. But comparing them to violent sexual assault was perceived by some as a bit insensitive.
“Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped ... It feels like a kind of weird – just weird,” the “Rum Diary” star told the November issue of Vanity Fair. “But whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like – you just feel dumb.”
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, Depp ought to know there is a marked distinction between posing for a photographer and being raped.
"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,” the organization’s spokesperson Katherine Hull told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column on Tuesday. "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."
After hearing of RAINN’s concerns, Depp was quick to admit fault, and apologized to the organization late Tuesday.
“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,” Depp said. “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.”
RAINN accepted Depp's apology, saying: "We hope to work with him to provide hope to victims of rape and make sure they get the help they deserve."
Depp's remarks were similar to those made by "Twilight" actress Kristen Stewart last year when she compared being photographed by paparazzi to being raped.
She also apologized.
Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay