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Whole Foods Market is one of many grocery stores open on New Year's Eve this year . Sean Penn secretly interviewed Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera El Chapo also said he has a “perfect” relationship with his mother. Before Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera was recaptured by Mexican authorities, the American movie star and activist Sean Penn met with. Sean Penn's interview with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a stark, albeit bizarre reminder about the power of “citizen journalism”—and.
But some are questioning the ethics of "Rolling Stone"'s methods.
Kate del Castillo Describes Her and Sean Penn's Meeting With 'El Chapo' - ABC News
Our William Brangham has more. Rolling Stone gave the drug kingpin fugitive final approval of the piece. Sean Penn did spend an evening with Guzman. But Guzman's quotes in the piece came from a video recording after the actor sent him questions.
According to the magazine, this photo accompanied the story for authentication purposes, proof that the two had met. Joining me for more on this is Angela Kocherga. Angela, thank you for joining us.
I wonder if you could just tell me, what was your first reaction when you saw the Sean Penn piece in Rolling Stone?
Well, I thought, if anyone had gone to a Hollywood producer with this scenario, they would have been laughed out of the room, but, of course, this was the reality. You have this very famous Mexican actress. So, it was surprising. But the more difficult part of this for journalists was that it raised some very troubling issues about access and what constitutes real journalism, as opposed to more of a conversation, rather than what they're calling an interview.
Well, let's talk about some of those issues. As we mentioned, Rolling Stone granted El Chapo final approval of the piece. The magazine points out that they didn't — he says he didn't actually want anything changed.
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime.
Mexican actress “betrayed” by Sean Penn after meeting with ‘El Chapo’
Now, extensive reporting by InSight Crime combined with evidence presented in a new documentary film series has called into question details of various narratives surrounding these events. In a statement to InSight Crime, a spokesperson for Penn strongly denied that this was the case. Nevertheless, the DHS documents and other circumstantial evidence lend plausibility to this little-discussed but potentially significant aspect of the story.
For instance, a section of the documents dated Jan. Del Castillo also differs with Penn on a crucial detail: The filmmakers say Penn did not respond to their requests for comment. Although Penn has previously denied that his visit with the crime boss had anything to do with his arrest, del Castillo says in the Netflix series that Penn told her he believed that the raid was linked to their visit.
Interviewer Charlie Rose pressed him: We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation. The Southern District declined to comment on the existence or status of the reported probe of Penn. No formal charges have been brought against Penn or del Castillo in either country.
She spoke about her struggles with Mexican authorities and the media since their meeting.EL Chapo FULL Interview 17min
My family is honorable, and this does not define who I am," del Castillo told Sawyer. Yes, selfish probably, but a great story that will help us understand the organized crime. At the time, Guzman was still in a federal prison in Mexico.
He wants to give you the rights of his life,' and I was, 'Why me?
He loved your character. He loved your character in 'La Reina del Sur. He knows your family are honorable family, and you tell the truth.
Are we charging for the—' and I'm like, 'No! The floor of his cell's shower opened to a masterfully built mile-long tunnel, complete with a motorcycle on rails.
Del Castillo insists that she had no idea Guzman was planning an escape and worried about what it meant for her film project. She said one of the producers told her Guzman's escape would actually make their story even better. The two producers were also friends with actor Sean Penn.
Del Castillo said Penn wanted to meet with her and she says she thought it was to join the movie project.
Del Castillo agreed to bring Penn on because she told Sawyer she thought "this big Hollywood actor will give me more credibility" for the movie. What del Castillo said she didn't know at the time was that the Mexican government had them under surveillance.
Not only my life, but everybody's life. I couldn't believe that we were there. That's the way we say hello. They talked for the next several hours. Del Castillo said Guzman did not discuss the details of his business but talked about his family, protecting his sons, and his mother and how he wanted del Castillo to meet her.
When asked if Guzman said, "I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world," as Sean Penn noted in his Rolling Stone magazine article about the meeting, del Castillo said, "Yes, but he still loves his kids, and he still loves his mom so there's something-- love inside there somewhere.