Sean Penn might’ve met with famed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the fall for a Rolling Stone interview without notifying the proper authorities looking for the escaped convict but his actions, while dick-ish, were not illegal.

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A Stanford Law professor told the LA Times that to allege Penn was an accessory after the fact, lawyers would have to prove that the actor did more than just talk with Guzman for a magazine interview. For example, if he spoke with El Chapo about how to elude capture, that’d work. But a guy like El Chapo—who broke out of a maximum security prison through a tunnel opening up in his cell’s shower—is probably well-stocked with escapist knowledge.

Elsewhere, Penn spoke to an Associated Press reporter, saying he had “nothin’ to hide” from the government regarding his interview with the drug lord. But when the AP commented that Penn had made many other journalists jealous with his access, Penn replied “True dat.” Help.

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Following Guzman’s second capture on Friday, while the White House is irritated with Guzman’s quotes, President Obama’s team is mostly glad he is back in police custody.

“I was appalled by his bragging … about an epidemic that’s sweeping this country on heroin addiction,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I was appalled by his bragging to the interviewers in Rolling Stone that he moves more heroin than anyone in the world.”

The Mexican government, however, is investigating both Penn and Kate del Castillo, the actress who arranged Penn’s meeting with Guzman, about their meeting with El Chapo.

So, who do you think will play Guzman in Penn’s obvious forthcoming biopic about the drug dealer?


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