Sean Penn Is Trying To Stop Netflix From Releasing A Documentary Suggesting He Ratted On El Chapo (Even Though He Totally Ratted On El Chapo)

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TMZ Sean Penn is using a full-court press to either block or re-edit a Netflix documentary that suggests Penn ratted out El Chapo by alerting the United States Dept. of Justice of his whereabouts.

Multiple sources involved in the documentary — due out Friday — tell TMZ, some of the people interviewed suggest that Penn alerted the DOJ that he was traveling down to a secret location in Mexico to interview the drug kingpin for a Rolling Stone article.

Penn, del Castillo and 2 others met Chapo on Sept. 28, 2015. Twelve hours after the meeting, Mexican authorities raided the site but Chapo had already left. He was captured 3 months later. We’ve learned several lawyers working for Penn repeatedly contacted Netflix to, at the very least, eliminate any references to their client contacting DOJ prior to meeting Chapo.

Our sources say Penn’s concern is that if Chapo’s associates in the world of drugs believe he set Chapo up for capture, there’d be a target on the heads of Penn, his family and his associates.

Penn’s spokesperson, Mark Fabiani, tells TMZ, “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 rep goes on, “The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted DOJ to the trip is a complete fabrication and bald-faced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened.”

I watch a lot of National Geographic so I consider myself an expert on all things cartel-related. I know that the Sinaloa control the west while the Juarez control the east. Then there are the Zetas who operate somewhere in the middle but they’re more into extortion than drugs. I also know that all cartels, no matter their line of business, are blood-in-blood-out organizations. They’re like the mob except instead of killing each other they kill everyone around them. Having said that, if Sean Penn thinks the documentary is a little too “ratty” then Netflix should probably change it.  The cartels have a lot of teeth. Doesn’t matter if you’re a cop, reporter, or a politician. If they want ya, they’ll getcha’, even if you’re Sean Penn. Although chances are they probably don’t even know who he is. What was his last big movie? Mystic River? Milk?

Part of me wants them to leave it as is. Everyone already knows the interview was a set up. Even the Mexicans know it. The whole point of sending Sean Penn down there was to fish El Chapo out of hiding. The only reason we didn’t send Seagal was because we thought he’d go rogue. His whole beef is that the documentary suggests he called the DOJ. Which is a wild fact to deny. Even if it wasn’t him it was someone in his camp. The police showed up as soon as Sean was out of sight.

Was this a publicity stunt? Probably. If he really wanted it changed he wouldn’t have waited until the day before the release to make a stink about it. Whatever the case it worked. I’ll be watching tomorrow. Hopefully Sean Penn will be alive to do the same.