Sean Penn lawyers warn Netflix over El Chapo documentary

Joann Johnston
October 21, 2017

Sean Penn is going on a tirade against Kate del Castillo for the Netflix documentary "The Day I Met El Chapo" that details their encounter with the Mexican druglord. The film, The Day I Met El Chapo, focuses on the day that Penn met with El Chapo in 2015 in order to conduct an interview for Rolling Stone.

The three-part documentary "centers on the weird episode in October 2015 when Ms. del Castillo, a Mexican actress, and Mr. Penn were given an audience with one of the world's most wanted men, the drug dealer Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo", The Times reports. However, Penn is reportedly pushing for the documentary to be blocked or re-edited due to suggestions that he informed the United States Department of Justice of the Mexican drug kingpin's whereabouts.

While Kate del Castillo is an global superstar, she isn't almost as famous in the USA, with this series getting started after the actress met with producer David Broome, whose previous credits include reality shows like The Biggest Loser and Netflix's Ultimate Beastmaster, about making a documentary series that told her point-of-view of the meeting with El Chapo. At the time, anonymous Mexican law enforcement officials claimed that Penn and del Castillo's meeting with Guzmán led them to the drug lord.

"This is nothing but a cheap, National Enquirer-esque tale spun be a delusional person whose hunger for fame is both tawdry and transparent", a spokesperson for Penn told Deadline today of the series that premieres early Friday on Netflix.

Before his 2015 arrest, El Chapo was one of the most wanted men in the world.

Per the Times report, the letter was sent a week ago, claiming that the docuseries would put his client in danger and that immediate changes should be made.

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Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Penn, said the documentary has "sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative".

'The notion that Mr Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted DOJ to the trip is a complete fabrication and bald-faced lie.

Sean Penn and Netflix are now at odds over a documentary about Mexican drug dealer El Chapo. "It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened". Here's what Netflix had to say in a statement.

Netflix responded that Penn was "given the opportunity on multiple occasions to participate" in the interview but did not.

Penn's infamous interview was published a day later in Rolling Stone. Netflix reiterated the documentary does not reveal any new information but gave del Castillo her chance to tell her side of the story. The streaming service also said the documentary did not offer any new information.

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