An Oscar-winning actor is in a battle with Netflix over a project that became available today on the streaming service. The New York Times reports that Sean Penn is battling Netflix over the new documentary series “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story.”
An attorney for Penn reportedly sent Netflix a letter saying the streamer is “hereby on notice that blood will be on their hands if this film causes bodily harm.”
The three-part documentary “centers on the bizarre episode in October 2015 when Ms. del Castillo, a Mexican actress, and Mr. Penn were given an audience with one of the world’s most wanted men, the drug dealer Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo,” The Times reports. “Mr. Penn later wrote about the meeting in an article for Rolling Stone that was published just a day after Mr. Guzmán was captured by authorities.”
Penn’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., warned Netflix in a letter sent last week that the series would put Penn in danger, according to the report.
Penn wanted Netflix to make changes to the content of the documentary, which focuses on del Castillo’s version of events. Penn did not participate in the project, and Netflix did not change it, according to The Times.
“Mr. Penn is apparently upset because he believes the documentary implies that he helped the authorities at the Department of Justice in their capture of El Chapo,” the story reports.
Penn spokesman Mark Fabiani reportedly said in an email: “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. 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.”