Johnny Depp has apologized for a recent comment he made in which he compared being photographed to rape.

In an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, for which Depp will grace the cover, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor compared being photographed to being raped.

You just feel like you're being raped somehow, Depp said. Raped... It feels like a kind of weird - just weird man.

The statement did not sit well with readers, and Depp released an apology:

I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.

A spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) said the organization was pleased that Depp apologized.

RAINN appreciates and accepts Johnny Depp's heartfelt apology, the spokesperson said, USA Today reported. We hope to work with him to provide hope to victims of rape and make sure they get the help they deserve.