Sean Penn and Netflix are at odds over the upcoming documentary series after Sean Penn claimed that the film falsely depicted his role during El Chapo's capture.
“The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story" documentary explores Kate del Castillo's account of what happened when she facilitated a meeting between Sean Penn and a prominent Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, also known as "El Chapo."
Penn claims that the documentary implies that he helped the authorities at the Department of Justice in their capture of El Chapo, according to The New York Times. Penn’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., warned the streaming service that the film could potentially put her client in danger.
“It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative,” Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Penn, said in an email, according to The Times. “The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted D.O.J. to the trip is a complete fabrication and baldfaced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened.”
The film features interviews from the actress, her friends, journalists and law enforcement familiar with the incident. Penn declined to be featured in the film, according to Netflix.
In a statement obtained by The Times Netflix said: “Penn was given the opportunity on multiple occasions to participate in ‘The Day I Met El Chapo’ and did not do so. The events surrounding the now-infamous meeting have been well covered, including by Penn himself in Rolling Stone and his many public comments since. The only new ground we’re breaking with this series is to give Kate a chance to finally tell her side of this stranger-than-fiction story.”