Johnny Depp Makes Joke About Assassination of President Trump

"When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?"

By Eric Shorey

Actor Johnny Depp made a controversial comment at an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK. The actor insinuated that someone should take violent action against the President of the United States.

"Can we bring Trump here?" Depp asked the crowd, a question met with boos and jeers.

"I think he needs help," Depp continued, as the crowd laughed. 

"This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible," he said. He paused briefly and said, "But I like that you're all a part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?"

Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN that his organization is aware of the comments. 

"For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,"  reads a statement from the Secret Service.

Threats against the President made by entertainers has become a subject of increased interest following the release (and, later, the apology for) images of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a bloody, severed head styled to look President Trump taken by photographer Tyler Shields. Similarly, the current production of Julius Caesar produced by the The Public Theater in New York has courted controversy for styling the ill-fated protagonist to look like Trump, leading to protests against the play.

It is unclear if Depp will face any consequences for his comments.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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