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Depp jokes about Trump assassination

Press Association logoPress Association 23/06/2017

Johnny Depp has joked about assassinating US President Donald Trump during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

The Hollywood actor received a rock star welcome on Thursday during the event at a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site.

He introduced his 2004 film The Libertine along with film director Julien Temple but began talking about religion and President Trump following questions from the 1500-strong audience.

"I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go," Depp said to cheers from the crowd.

"It is just a question - I'm not insinuating anything.

"By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible.

"I like that you are all a part of it.

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

"I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living.

"However, it has been a while and maybe it is time."

Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated president Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

Depp is the latest US celebrity to suggesting violence towards Trump.

In a recent incident, comedian Kathy Griffin caused controversy in May when she appeared in a video in which she held what looked like Trump's decapitated head.

Depp's comments came a gunman shot at Republican congressman at a baseball field in Virginia in the US, injuring five people.

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