MEXICO CITY – Mexican actress Kate del Castillo returned to Mexico on Thursday after three years abroad due to her alleged links to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whom she interviewed in October 2015.
Del Castillo read out a statement alongside three of her lawyers, who have represented her through the process.
“I’m nervous and very excited to be here, I have tears of emotion,” said the star of the series “The Queen of the South” at a press conference held Thursday.
“I have come straight from the airport. I am excited and happy to hold this press conference to thank you for your support,” the actress added, who also stars in the series “Ungovernable.”
She spoke of her distrust of the previous Mexican administration, headed by Enrique Peña Nieto, and said she hopes the new government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is successful.
Del Castillo added she felt “persecuted” by the Peña Nieto government, which she claims subjected her to a “trial by media.”
In 2016, the Mexican attorney general issued a detention order on del Castillo over her links to and contact with Guzman. Until Thursday, she had not set foot on Mexican soil since that order was issued.
The actress said she sued the Mexican state and expects to receive around $60 million in compensation for the moral and reputational damage the government caused her.
According to Del Castillo, she has not been called to testify at the trial of the former Sinaloa Cartel leader, who is currently being held in New York. She clarified that she was not interested in making any film, series or documentary on the drug trafficker.
The actress added she felt betrayed by American actor Sean Penn, who purportedly informed US authorities about El Chapo’s whereabouts, and contributed to the kingpin’s subsequent arrest.