Actor Johnny Depp apologized on Friday for reportedly joking about assassinating President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE during an appearance at an arts festival on Thursday.
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” Depp said in a statement to People magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
Speaking at Glastonbury Festival in England on Thursday, Depp asked the audience "when was the last time an actor assassinated a president."
“I’m not insinuating anything — by the way, this will be in the press and it will be horrible — but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked the audience.
The line was an apparent reference to Abraham Lincoln's 1865 assassination by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre in Washington.
Depp faced immediate backlash for the remarks, becoming the latest celebrity to come under fire for making apparently violent remarks about Trump.
Comedian Kathy Griffin faced scrutiny last month after she posed for a photoshoot holding what appeared to be the fake severed head of Trump. CNN later terminated its contract with Griffin to appear on the network's New Year's Eve program.