Why El Chapo’s Hollywood Woman Has Flown Into A Brand New Fit

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A Mexican actress living in Hollywood and love interest of drug cartel leader El Chapo is asking the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to reveal why she is being investigated.

The soap opera star Kate del Castillo is best known for her role as a Mexican cartel queen in the telenovela “Reina del Sur” — Spanish for “Queen of the South.” Del Castillo befriended the Sinaloa Cartel boss in 2012 after sending out a tweet asking El Chapo to “traffic with love.”

Lawyers representing the actress have requested that the Mexican Attorney General’s (AG) Office hand over documents related to their investigation, according to Univision. The AG’s Office has yet to respond. The office has previously turned down the actress’ various requests, for instance when she asked to be referred to as a witness rather than a suspect in legal documents.

Del Castillo is thought to have laundered money for the cartel king through a tequila company. The actress set up a company in Delaware — a state infamous for tax evasion and avoidance schemes — named Tequila Honor del Castillo. There is a factory belonging to the firm in Miami, but it has been empty for months.

El Chapo wanted to meet Del Castillo after her tweet of admiration for the billionaire drug lord who was on the run at the time. Not long after del Castillo’s message, the cartel kingpin’s attorneys contacted her about rights to make a film about his life.

Before actually meeting one another in person, the actress and then-fugitive exchanged a series of flirty messages. El Chapo wrote to del Castillo on one occasion and told her, “I will care for you more than I do for my own eyes.”

Del Castillo — who denies having entertained thoughts of any romantic involvement with El Chapo — responded to his message, “I am so moved that you say you will take care of me, no one has ever taken care of me, thank you! I am free next weekend.”

The telenovela star shrugged off the tone of her reply to El Chapo, telling ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in March, “He’s not being even romantic. I just think he likes me.”

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