Kate Del Castillo Breaks Silence Over ‘El Chapo’ Meeting
Actress Kate Del Castillo has broken her silence to thank fans for their support after it was revealed she helped organize a secret meeting between Sean Penn and fugitive drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman months before he was recaptured. The Mexican soap star became a go-between as Penn attempted to score an interview with El Chapo for a Rolling Stone interview.
Del Castillo had previously attracted the crime boss’ attention by voicing her support for him on social media. The secret get-together took place in October at Guzman’s hideout in the Mexican jungle, three months after he escaped from prison, and the article was published online last Saturday – a day after the fugitive was taken back into custody. Mexican authorities are currently investigating Del Castillo and Penn over their interactions with Guzman, who reportedly had no idea who the Oscar winner was. Earlier this week, Penn simply insisted he had “nothin’ to hide”, and now Del Castillo has turned to Twitter to comment on the controversy for the first time, suggesting media reports indicating Guzman was infatuated with the actress have been made up. Posting messages in both English and Spanish, she wrote, “Thank you for your support over the past days. Not surprisingly, many have chosen to make up items they think will make good stories and that aren’t truthful. I look forward to sharing my story with you.” Del Castillo’s comments come after Mexican officials released a number of text messages they had intercepted between Guzman and the TV star, in which they made plans to meet up. Other communications from Guzman featured the drug boss planning to buy her a pink cell phone and “dance and drink tequila” with her. Meanwhile, one of Guzman’s attorneys has dismissed boasts the Sinaloa cartel leader allegedly made throughout the Rolling Stone interview about his criminal activities, holding Penn responsible for running what he claims is a big “lie.” He told the Mexican press: “It’s a lie… Mr. Penn should be called to testify about all his stupid comments.” Ironically, Rolling Stone editors agreed to submit the finished article to Guzman for approval before going to press, but he reportedly did not want to make any changes. Guzman, who has been called “the most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by U.S. authorities, is due to be extradited to the U.S. to face felony charges. Penn is set to address the controversial interview in a TV chat with U.S. newsman Charlie Rose, although a date has yet to be confirmed.