Kate del Castillo and El Chapo: the actress filed an injunction to be recognized as a victim of political persecution
It was in January 2016 that the meeting that Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn had with drug trafficker Joaquín Chapo Guzmán was made public, which was published in Rolling Stone magazine. The Attorney General's Office (PGR), now the Attorney General's Office (FGR), informed days after the publication of said publication about the investigation against the actress for illicit transactions and money laundering with the Sinaloa Cartel.
Kate del Castillo was also summoned to testify as a witness after interceding for Sean Penn to interview the drug trafficker. Since the government obtained part of the communication Kate had with Joaquín Guzmán for the meeting they had in October 2015. In 2017, she sued the PGR for alleged persecution and violation of her rights when she was investigated.
Feeling persecuted by the authorities of Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, she remained in the United States, and indicated that they mounted a media trial against her. And upon her return to Mexico, in December 2018, she indicated, "The Mexican State persecuted me and attacked me for my condition as a woman and public figure and for being a critic of the government (of Peña Nieto) or for interviewing the most wanted man in the world or for exposing the authorities that allowed his escape."
Since the actress returned to Mexican territory, 26 months have passed, but not everything has been easy, because Kate is seeking "compensation for the moral and material damage she suffered due to the political persecution" she was the victim of during the last three years of Peña Nieto's administration, according to information from Milenio. The newspaper points out that the FGR has refused to grant her the status of the victim, as requested by the actress due to the persecution by the authorities of the past government. "Such recognition as a victim is vital for the progress of her claim for patrimonial responsibility of the State for USD 60 million".
As a result, the star of " The Queen of the South" filed an injunction before the Third District Court of Amparo in Criminal Matters in Mexico City, through which she claims that the Federal District Attorney's Office has failed to recognize her and grant her the "status of a victim". It is described that in "her demand for guarantees, she assures that since June 14, 2020, she presented a written document to the agent of the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office where she made such request".
Moreover, she maintains another lawsuit because the Deputy Attorney General's Office Specialized in the Investigation of Organized Crime (Seido) has not complied with the resolution regarding the delivery of a certified copy of the investigation initiated against her, a situation that became known at the end of February. It was in January 2016, that Mexican authorities revealed the investigation against the actress for operations of illicit origin and money laundering with the Sinaloa Cartel.
It should be remembered that the meeting between Joaquín Guzmán and Del Castillo was propitiated because she shared on her Twitter a letter in January 2012, in which she stated the following: "Today I believe more in El Chapo Guzmán than in the governments that hide truths from me, even if they are painful, who hide the cure for cancer, AIDS, etc. For their own benefit and wealth".
Kate del Castillo's confessions about "El Chapo" Guzman
On January 12, 2016, the life of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo would change radically. What seemed to be an opening of doors to many opportunities, turned out to be a nightmare thanks to an interview that Sean Penn published in Rolling Stones magazine.
The protagonist of "The Queen of the South" and American actor Sean Penn went to one of the hideouts of one of the most powerful and most wanted drug traffickers in the world: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. They had dinner and met with him to learn a little more about his life, about which they were supposed to make a movie.
After that meeting, Del Castillo suffered persecution from the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), and experienced the whirlwind of information generated in the media about that interview.
Today, almost at the beginning of 2020, there are many details that have yet to come to light about this controversial meeting between the actors and "El Chapo". That's why here are Kate's most controversial confessions about the drug trafficker serving a life sentence in the United States.
The five minutes alone with "El Chapo"
After that dinner, Guzmán Loera and the actress had five minutes alone. When that moment came out, there was a lot of speculation in the media about what happened in that short time, but in an interview with Aquí y Ahora, a section of Univisión Noticias.
In July 2016, journalist Jorge Ramos asked him about this event that caused so much controversy. "Maybe not in the context in which I wanted to. It fascinates them that if I had slept with Mr. Guzmán or not, I think it's very interesting for everyone," he said, but he confessed: No, of course not. I wouldn't have thought of it there.
"What happened in those five minutes was that my whole life went through my mind," Kate admitted. This terror she experienced grew exponentially when the drug dealer touched her arm, but the fear ended seconds later".
"It was two seconds when my pressure dropped, my soul, but the way he touched my arm I knew he wasn't going to do anything to me and that I was in good hands," said the interpreter. "I am a woman and women know how men touch us. He could have grabbed me by the waist, he could have grabbed me even by the back. He was very gentlemanly with his hand, perhaps not to scare me, as he did with the weapons I didn't see," she said.
Years later, in 2019, the actress commented in an interview with the newspaper Milenio that she felt grateful to "El Chapo. "First, I would thank him for not touching me, for scaring me. To be grateful that I am alive," she said.
The answer to Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquín Guzmán
Del Castillo has commented on several occasions that the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel granted her the rights to the content of the interview she conducted with Sean Penn are hers. In fact, in a video, the drug trafficker posted a video, which circulated on social networks, saying that it is exclusive content "for Miss Kate del Castillo".
The 43-year-old Mexican has also said that Guzmán Loera gave her the rights to his image so that she could make content with his life. In fact, at some point, she had a reaction from Emma Coronel, the narco's wife. The couple explained in a chat with Telemundo that "they will have to contact me because everything that has to do with Joaquín's life has to do with me".
In view of this, in an interview with her sister Veronica, presented on the program Suelta la Sopa, Kate pointed out that "while Mr. ("El Chapo") is alive, I have absolutely nothing, because he can change his opinion tomorrow or the day after".
The persecution of Enrique Peña Nieto
Kate del Castillo was a key player in the Attorney General's Office (PGR) recapturing Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán on January 8, 2016, in the Mochis, Sinaloa. However, the actress was unable to set foot in Mexico for almost three years due to the investigation opened against her.
Although Enrique Peña Nieto's administration investigated her for possible money laundering, no charges were filed against her. Therefore, in the interview with Univision, Jorge Ramos insinuated that her persecution could be for fear that she would say something inconvenient for the PRI government, to which she responded:
I don't know why that terrible hunt was for me. I've asked myself everything, why the attack so strong. I don't know, maybe that's one of them.
All these actions against her caused the actress to suffer financially to pay for the lawyers. "I'm broke. I have been paying lawyers in the United States and Mexico for several years," the Mexican star confessed to the Los Angeles Times.
Upon her return to Mexico, when the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador began, Kate initiated legal proceedings against the previous administration and the PGR, now the Attorney General's Office. She sued for the damages left by the investigation. She also requested an amount of $60 million, since she argued that she had stopped winning contracts, in addition to the smear she and her family suffered.