El Chapo's Lawyer Criticizes Sean Penn For "Stupidities" During Rolling Stone Interview
"In a way, yes, it does complicate [his defense]. Mr. Penn should be called to testify to respond about the stupidities he has said," attorney Juan Pablo Badillo stated.
One of the lawyers for Joaquin Guzman Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo," laid into Sean Penn on Wednesday for an interview the actor published in Rolling Stone last weekend.
Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo met with Guzman in his jungle compound in October while the kingpin was on the run from authorities, having escaped jail a second time over the summer. Guzman was recaptured last week.
In his Rolling Stone piece, Penn wrote that Guzman boasted about his drug empire and wealth.
Now, one of Guzman's attorneys says the two-time Oscar-winning actor should have to take the stand during upcoming legal proceedings for Guzman, according to a Reuters report.
"It's a lie, absurd speculation from Mr. Penn," attorney Juan Pablo Badillo told Reuters. "In a way, yes, it does complicate [his defense]. Mr. Penn should be called to testify to respond about the stupidities he has said."
In his piece, Penn quoted Guzman as saying, "I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats."
Badillo argues that Penn has no record of that statement — he said in his Rolling Stone piece he was not allowed to record the conversation — and his client would never talk about himself in such an incriminating way, according to the Reuters report.
"[Guzman] could not have made these claims ... Mr. Guzman is a very serious man, very intelligent," Badillo told Reuters. "Where's the proof? Where's the audio?"
Both Penn and Rolling Stone have faced criticism since the interview was published.
On Tuesday, Charlie Rose announced he landed the first sit-down with Penn since the piece came out, saying, "I have a thousand questions for Sean and all the other people involved."
On Wednesday, del Castillo broke her silence with a tweet to her supporters.