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Johnny Depp Comparing Photo Shoots To Being Raped Angers Advocacy Group

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Oct. 4 2011, Published 4:15 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Senior Reporter

Johnny Depp is loved the world over, but he showed a serious lack of judgment in his latest interview when he compared going to a photo shoot to being raped.

In an interview with Nick Tosches in Vanity Fair, the A-List actor said he hates photo shoots so much that he feels like it is being sexually assaulted.

“Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow.  Raped…It feels like a kind of weird – just weird, man,” Depp said.

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However, the Rum Diary actor will pose with fans: “But whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like – you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.”

Anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN, the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network, exclusively told that they would welcome an opportunity to meet with the actor to “educate” him on the subject of rape and the serious trauma it causes victims.

"While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every 2 minutes. 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," Katherine Hull, the spokesperson for RAINN exclusively told

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Depp is not the first actor to get in hot water for comparing being photographed to being raped.  Twilight star Kristen Stewart compared paparazzi photos of herself to images of a woman being raped during an interview with Elle Magazine in 2010 and ultimately apologized for her statement after backlash from advocacy groups.

"I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously," Stewart said at the time. "And I'm really sorry about my choice of words."



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