LOS ANGELES — An attorney for actress Kate del Castillo said Thursday she is willing to talk to Mexican authorities about her encounters with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and felt “betrayed” and “used” by actor Sean Penn, who wrote a lengthy article about his meeting with the drug kingpin after the actress introduced the two men.

The comments by Harland Braun, Del Castillo’s U.S. lawyer, came after prosecutors in her native country issued an order for her to be located and brought in for questioning as part of a probe of possible money-laundering involving Guzman and the actress’ tequila business.

Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez confirmed that a kind of summons had been issued for Del Castillo to testify. Gomez stressed she is officially considered a witness and has not been accused of any crime.

The clandestine meeting took place last October as Del Castillo explored the possibility of developing a movie about the capo, and Penn’s Rolling Stone interview was published Jan. 9, a day after Guzman was recaptured in a raid in the city of Los Mochis.

“She didn’t know Penn was going to write for Rolling Stone. Would you meet with ‘El Chapo’ and approve to have the interview for publication?” Braun said. “After the interview she had no choice about it. Once Penn and Guzman agreed on the article, what was she going to do?”

– From news service reports


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