Newly published text messages purportedly show how drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was eager to set up a meeting with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo — and apparently had never heard of actor Sean Penn, NBC News reported.
Guzmán was recaptured early Friday after escaping a Mexican prison through a tunnel six months earlier. While on the run, the Sinaloa cartel chief had sought to have a biopic made about himself and his contact with the outside world apparently helped to tip off authorities.
The texts published late Tuesday by Mexican newspaper Grupo Milenio show how Guzmán began courting Castillo in late September for a meet-and-greet. NBC News has not verified the text messages.
Guzmán is referred to as "papa" in the purported messages sent to Guzmán's attorney's cellphone, and Guzmán tells the Latin star that he is in Sinaloa and is looking forward to meeting her.
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In texts between Guzmán and his attorney, he explains to the cartel kingpin that Castillo wants Penn to come to their meeting. But Guzmán is not sure who he is.