Johnny Depp under Fire for Trump Assassination Joke


No one was laughing when Johnny Depp made a veiled reference to killing President Donald Trump at the Glastonbury Festival in England. It has been a bad weekend for Depp. It also emerged that his former business managers claim the actor abused his ex-wife Amber Heard, going so far as to cover it up at least once, People reports.

The abuse allegations would corroborate the abuse charges Heard made against Depp when she separated from him last year.

  • At Glastonbury, Depp asked the crowd: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" The question appears to be a reference to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.

  • Reaction to his comment was swift, with people on both sides of the aisle strongly condemning Depp for his joke.

  • He recanted, issuing a written statement calling it a “bad joke” in “poor taste.”

  • "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone," he said in the statement.

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer spoke to reporters saying there is a double standard at work.

"It's a little troubling, the lack of outrage that we've seen in some of these instances where people have said what they've said with respect to the President, and the action that should be taken. The President's made it clear that we should denounce violence in all its forms, and I think if we're going to hold to that standard and we should all agree that standard should be universally called out."

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