Johnny Depp apologizes for Vanity Fair "rape" comment

Johnny Depp attends a photo call for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2011. Getty Images

(CBS) "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor Johnny Depp has apologized for comparing photo shoots to being raped in a Vanity Fair magazine article.

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The actor told the November issue of Vanity Fair in an interview that he found being photographed a "weird" experience. "Well, you just feel like you're being raped somehow," he was quoted as saying in an excerpt released Tuesday.

Depp, one of the highest-paid leading men in Hollywood, issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for his poor choice of words, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling," he said in the statement. "I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful."

A three-time Oscar nominee, Depp is promoting his latest movie, "The Rum Diary," which opens Oct. 28.

Johnny Depp apologizes for rape comment