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Mexican actress Kate del Castillo claims Sean Penn tried to block Netflix mini series

October 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo claims Sean Penn tried to block Netflix mini series Kate del Castillo and Penn pictured with "El Chapo"

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Kate del Castillo says she had sex with Sean Penn during trip to meet “El Chapo”

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo claims that she had sex with Sean Penn after they surreptitiously met with notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman back in 2015. The allegation comes after Penn tried to block her three-part Netflix series, “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story.”

“It was never a relationship,” del Castillo told PEOPLE. “It was business and sex.”

In the docu-series, the actress tells a friend that she “fell” for Penn while they were together.

The Oscar-winner has had issues with the documentary, which tells her story behind the controversial gathering. The New York Times said that an attorney for Penn sent a letter to Netflix saying “blood will be on their hands if this film causes harm.”

Kate del Castillo arranged the meeting with “El Chapo” (center) and actor Sean Penn in the mountains of Durango in 2015

Penn’s spokesperson Mark Fabiani told PEOPLE, “This is not about one person’s safety. Producers are propagating false fabrications for profit. This is a cheap, National Enquirer-esque tale spun by a delusional person whose hunger for fame is tawdry and transparent.”

However, the 44-year-old actress maintains that the documentary “is not about Sean or my feud with him” — it’s about her truth. “I want people to know why I did what I did.”

“There’s a reason why I did this,” del Castillo continued. “I’m an actress, producer, and storyteller and I am trying to look out for great stories to tell. This is a fascinating story. I risked my life but I never did anything illegal.”

Kate Del Castillo and Penn’s gathering with Guzmán, who was a fugitive at the time, set off a media frenzy after Rolling Stone issued a 10,000-word first-person narrative of the experience written by Penn a few days before Guzmán was apprehended by authorities.

Sean Penn poses with del Castillo during their meeting on Oct. 3, 2015.

Critics argued that Penn, an actor, was not a suitable person to report on such a sensitive and complex story and that the publisher delegitimized the piece by permitting Guzmán to approve the final version.

The actress started interacting with Guzmán in 2012 by tweeting, “Today I believe more in El Chap than I do in the governments that hide truths, even if they are painful, who hide the cures for cancer, aids, etc., for their benefit.”

She was heavily criticized for sympathizing with a violent drug trafficker.

She insisted that Penn had watched the documentary and wasn’t happy about it, but that he took too long to express concerns.

“He was not happy, but he had the chance,” she continued. “We reached out to him, and he ignored us. Now he wants to be a part of it, and it’s too late.”

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