Well, in not so run-of-the-mill celebrity news, actor Sean Penn is currently being investigated, along with actress Kate del Castillo, for interviewing El Chapo, a well-known Mexican drug lord, for Rolling Stone magazine.
The interview that was published in the magazine on January 9th was the result of months of correspondence between fugitive Joaquin Guzman, aka El Chapo, and Sean Penn. Apparently the interview was set up with help from Kate del Castillo, a Mexican actress, and now the two are both being questioned by government officials.
El Chapo was captured just one day before the interview was published on Rolling Stone‘s website. According to reports, Penn had met with the cartel leader at his hide out in the Mexican jungle. Several interactions also took place following this meeting via telephone and video chat.
Reports have said that the drug lord was speaking to Castillo and Penn because he wanted to have “the story of his life told on film? and believed that Penn may have been a good source to go to for that.
Whether or not Penn’s correspondence with the fugitive actually played a hand in the capturing of him, though, has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
However, the interview did reveal a handful of information about El Chapo, including some parts where he admits to crimes, such as the fact that he “supplies more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.” He bragged that “I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”
“The trust that El Chapo had extended to us was not to be f–ked with,” Sean said in the article. “This will be the first interview El Chapo had ever granted outside an interrogation room.”
El Chapo was arrested in February of 2014. However, he was able to escape from prison in July of last year.
Obviously, conversing with a wanted fugitive may get you into a bit of trouble with the government. But we’ll just have to wait to see exactly how this investigation will pan out, and what it may mean in regards to any possible charges brought against Penn.