Actress Who Helped Penn: Mexico Gov't Wants to 'Destroy' Me

Kate del Castillo is under investigation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2016 10:55 AM CST
In this March 24, 2013 file photo, Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo attends a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race in Fontana, Calif.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(Newser) – Mexican actress Kate del Castillo hooked Sean Penn up with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for a fateful interview, and she's turned into quite a controversial figure: Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez recently said Guzman may have helped finance del Castillo's tequila business, and in response to that, del Castillo told Univision, "I have no reason to give explanations to the press. If I don't talk it's because my lawyers told me not to because the government wants to destroy me." The AG's office says del Castillo will be questioned by authorities this week, Reuters reports; the actress' father said last week that his daughter would prove "she is clean" by testifying at the Mexican consulate in LA.

CNN reported last week that del Castillo was under investigation for money laundering in Mexico, and that an investigation would determine whether any drug money went toward establishing the actress's tequila brand, Honor Del Castillo. Investigators say there are messages between del Castillo, Guzman, and the drug lord's lawyer that say things like, "We're in business." Per TMZ, "some think [del Castillo's] safety may be in jeopardy." (Read more Kate del Castillo stories.)

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