Weekly InSight: Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and the Hunt for El Chapo

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In our November 9 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley spoke with senior editor Mike LaSusa about our recent article examining questions surrounding Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo’s 2015 meeting with Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Dudley and LaSusa talked about how the article — authored by LaSusa and InSight Crime staff writer Parker Asmann — explores the sometimes contradictory narratives that Penn and del Castillo have offered on how they came to meet with one of the world’s most notorious drug lords.

One of the topics explored is del Castillo’s contention that Penn misled her regarding his motives for seeking the meeting. Also discussed was speculation by del Castillo’s legal team that Penn’s representatives may have tipped off US authorities about the visit, allowing them to inform their Mexican counterparts, who surveilled the meeting. Our conversation also touched on reports that Penn may have met with one of El Chapo’s sons in Venezuela before travelling to Mexico to meet the crime boss himself.

Watch the full conversation below:

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