Sean Penn, Netflix Fighting Over 'El Chapo' Documentary

Lawrence Kim
October 21, 2017

"My concern is that we are taking an huge amount of pressure from all directions related to Sean Penn and now Netflix has done a great job of hanging tough - but their nerves are on edge". The New York Times reports that Sean Penn is battling Netflix over the new documentary series "The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story".

The New York Times report explains that Penn's letter was sent a week ago and the claim was made in the document that the Oscar victor would be in danger if changes were not made to the Netflix series.

Del Castillo - initially rumored to have had a fling with El Chapo - revealed she instead bedded the "Mystic River" star during his misguided attempt to interview the infamous Sinaloa cartel leader.

Way back in 2015, before a crazed reality star became our president, the weirdest thing imaginable was a movie star having a secret rendezvous with the most wanted man in the world. He was known as a drug lord who murdered and kidnapped during his reign, and he had successfully escaped into the jungle before his meeting with Penn.

According to his lawyer, Penn believes that the documentary implies that he helped authorities capture El Chapo.

"I never felt for him (Penn)", she told US breakfast show Good Morning America.

"I never fell for him. Sorry but we are both adults, single, and something was going on but that was it, it was business", del Castillo told Good Morning America. The docu reportedly suggests that Penn alerted US authorities to the fugitive drug lord's location after Del Castillo arranged a meeting for the two in September 2015.

Penn's lawyers are pushing, at the very least, for the removal of references to possible cooperation between the actor and authorities.

"It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative", Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Mr. Penn, said in an email. "It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened", he continued.

The actress went public with the dalliance after Penn attempted to stop Netflix from streaming her three-part documentary about the meeting.

David Broome, who produces the The Day I Met El Chapo series, responded by stating that none of the episodes prove that "Sean Penn is in cahoots with the D.O.J". Penn wrote an article for the Rolling Stone detailing the interview, which was facilitated by del Castillo.

"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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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