El Chapo’s Movie Actress Crush Dares Mexico To Charge Her With A Crime

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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El Chapo’s Hollywood squeeze, Kate del Castillo, won an appeal to a judge on Wednesday, asking that the Mexican Attorney General’s Office charge her with a specific crime for her ties with the cartel chief or let her walk.

Del Castillo made her request on the grounds that she is currently unable to defend herself from any possible charges since she is not aware of the scope of the Attorney General’s Office’s investigation. The telenovela actress is ironically best known for playing a cartel boss in the titular role of the telenovela “Reina del Sur,” which translates to “Queen of the South.”

The Mexican actress has been living under a shroud of potential legal troubles since February, not long after actor Sean Penn interviewed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for Rolling Stone in an interview published in January. Del Castillo is suspected of having potentially engaged in money laundering on behalf of her drug-dealing pal through her tequila company, Tequila Honor del Castillo.

El Chapo and del Castillo became acquainted with one another after the failed tequila impresario tweeted out in support of the drug kingpin in 2012. Since that tweet, del Castillo and the imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel boss have developed a friendship to the point that the actress was entrusted with the rights to his life story for film or television.

Del Castillo’s appeal was filed on June 21 and as a result of being granted her appeal, she now has an audience on Aug. 8 in which the prosecutors are expected to reveal the focus of their investigation into the actress. The actress’s famed telenovela show has now been adapted for the USA Network with the English-language title “Queen of the South,” but she does not play the leading role.

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