Media was in a frenzy when news broke that drug lord El Chapo was captured, following by the news that Sean Penn had interviewed him for Rolling Stone. Were these two events connected? Everyone decided his arrest was connected to the interview. Now that Penn admitted he had nothing to do with El Chapo’s recapturing, there’s another question to answer about this mystifying news bit. Did Sean Penn lie in his interview with El Chapo?
That’s what El Chapo’s lawyer is saying of the Milk actor, who met with El Chapo for an in-depth interview for Rolling Stone.
As Sean Penn told 60 Minutes, when he interviewed El Chapo, his main intention was to talk about the War on Drugs policy, to put the spotlight on a huge issue that’s been going on for decades. That said, El Chapo’s lawyer said that Penn lied when he said that El Chapo bragged about money laundering and drug shipments.
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The complaint made by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman by his lawyer Juan Pablo Badillo, is about a quote that was published in the Rolling Stone feature on his client El Chapo, in which the actor attributes to Guzman, the following quote.
“I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”
Badillo refuted this statement and told Reuters that it’s a lie and called it, “an absurd speculation from Mr. Penn.”
Guzman’s lawyer said that Penn should have to testify over his words, calling the quote in his interview “stupidities.”
El Chapo’s lawyer said he knew it was a lie on Sean’s part because he’s been working with the drug lord for years, and he would never hand over that information that’s self-incriminating. He goes on to call Guzman intelligent. Of the quote he said,”Where’s the proof? Where’s the audio?”
As the Inquisitr reported, Guzman escaped from one of the most secure prisons through a tunnel in his cell. The media has reported that Penn’s interview with El Chapo was one of the reasons why he was able to be captured; however, the actor denies this.
As for his piece that ran in Rolling Stone, the actor sees it as a failure, because the media attention has put a different angle and focus to the piece. His article for the magazine focused on the War on Drugs policy, which he wanted to bring to light, using El Chapo as a device.
“Let’s go to the big picture of what we all want. We all want this drug problem to stop. We all want them—the killings in Chicago to stop…And how much time have they spent in the last week since this article come [sic] out, talking about that? One percent? I think that’d be generous,” said Penn.
On being the reason El Chapo was captured, Penn made his side of the story clear.
“There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I, with El Chapo, that it was—as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted—’essential’ to his capture. We had met with him many weeks earlier…on October 2, in a place nowhere near where he was captured.”
The actor continued, “Here’s the things that we know: We know that the Mexican government they were clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did. Well, nobody found him before they did. We didn’t.”
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Badillo has represented El Chapo since 1993.
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