Mexico Orders Actress in for Questioning About El Chapo

Kate del Castillo missed her previous appointment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2016 12:00 PM 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 authorities have ordered that actress Kate del Castillo be located and presented for questioning about her encounters with cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Two security officials confirm that federal prosecutors issued the order after the movie and telenovela star did not appear at a previous appointment to give a statement. The officials said Thursday that the order applies only to Mexican territory. Del Castillo is a naturalized US citizen and has lived for years in Los Angeles.

They added that if del Castillo were found to be in Mexico, she would be detained to make a statement as a witness and then released after doing so. Del Castillo, who helped Sean Penn get access to Guzman for Penn's Rolling Stone interview, recently said the Mexican government wanted to "destroy" her. (Read more Kate del Castillo stories.)

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