Johnny Depp has issued an official apology about his controversial statements regarding the potential assassination of President Donald Trump by an actor, calling it a "bad joke." In an exclusive statement to People magazine, the embattled Pirates of the Caribbean actor said, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump." What's more, he explained, "[i]t did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone." It comes on the heels of the White House's official response courtesy of Kellyanne Conway, who called it "no laughing matter."
During a Thursday night appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England, where he was introducing a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, Depp mentioned his belief that Trump needed "help" while asking the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" When the crowd cheered at the implied reference to John Wilkes Booth's assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Depp added, "I want to clarify, I'm not an actor. I lie for a living."
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Johnny Depp attends the premiere Of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Johnny Depp attends the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (L to R) Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp attend the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard pictured on arrival to Southport Magistrates Court on April 18, 2016 in Southport, Queensland.
US actor Johnny Depp gestures during his photo call in Tokyo on January 28 2015. Depp attended the Japan premiere of his latest action comedy movie 'Mortdecai' on January 27 which will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 2: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American actor Johnny Depp, dressed as 'Captain Jack Sparrow', greets locals at Cleveland in Redland City, Queensland, after a day of filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. (Photo by Peter Wallis/Newspix/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Mortdecai' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp attends the Sweeney Todd film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: Johnny Depp greets fans after performing as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on August 29, 2008 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Franklin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
FRANCE - MAY 10: Festival of Cannes 97: Walking up the red-carpeted steps for 'The brave' in Cannes, France on May 10, 1997 - Kate Moss, Johnny Depp. (Photo by Pool APESTEGUY/BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss during 'Donnie Brasco' Premiere at Century City Cineplex Odeon Cinemas in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp (R) kissing girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss (L). (Photo by Rose Hartman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the cast of 'Benny & Joon' present Planet Hollywood with memorabilias from the film on March 22, 1993 at Planet Hollywood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 25: Actor Johnny Depp attends the 'Benny & Joon' Beverly Hills Premiere on March 25, 1993 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CENTURY CITY,CA - FEBRUARY 1: Actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp attend 'The Silence of the Lambs' Century City Premiere on February 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Depp and Guest (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1995 file photo of Johnny Depp & Kate Moss (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
1988 File Photo of Johnny Depp at the Nosotros Benefit in Los Angeles, California taken May 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nicolas Cage & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the 18th Annual Los Angeles Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 14, 1988 at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California.
SHERMAN OAKS,CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Dustin Nguyen, actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless on December 13, 1987 at Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attend the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Matthew Perry and Johnny Depp in New York to promote their first network series on the Fox Network in 1987 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis arrive for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie 'Sleepy Hollow' November 17, 1999. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA/Newsmakers)
HERBORN, GERMANY - MAY 29: Actor/Musician Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs onstage at Hessentags-Arena during the 56th Hessentag on May 29, 2016 in Herborn, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Conway, who spoke with the Washington Post about the matter Friday morning, called Depp a "nut job" and condemned his statements. "These things are real," she told the paper while suggesting his "vile" attempt at a joke was "not a slip of the tongue." Meanwhile, an official White House statement declared, "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."
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