Mexican Prosecutors Looking To Question El Chapo Actress Friend

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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Mexican officials plan to question the Mexican actress who arranged the October 2015 meeting between Sean Penn and Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera.

Controversial actress Kate del Castillo is of interest to Mexican authorities because of her U.S. registered tequila business, called Tequila Honor del Castillo, according to a Thursday NBC News report. Authorities are investigating if there is a link between del Castillo’s tequila business and possible money laundering by El Chapo, according to the Houston Chronicle. Her lawyer says that “she is willing to talk” to authorities.

The Attorney General of Mexico subpoenaed the actress in January due to alleged money laundering, and the Tequila Honor del Castillo’s Miami factory has been empty for months.

In January, del Castillo’s Tequila company was revealed to have been incorporated in Delaware. The state of Delaware is a known tax haven that allows for the registration of shell companies and lowers the tax rates of many multinational firms not actually operated in the state. Delaware even has more registered companies than people, according to an AFP report.

Del Castillo expressed anger in the aftermath of Penn publishing his interview with El Chapo in Rolling Stone. The actress reportedly told friends that Penn only told her moments before meeting the drug kingpin that he would conduct an interview on behalf of Rolling Stone, according to TMZ.

Penn denies del Castillo’s version of events, stating the actress knew of his intentions well in advance and had no problem with it.

Del Castillo lives in Los Angeles, Calif. and has no plans to go to Mexico until the investigation ends, according to TMZ. The actress “has filed a petition seeking an injunction against any arrest related to Mexico’s investigation of her relationship with detained drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo” Guzmán,'” according to NBC News.

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