Sean Penn is NOT meeting ISIS's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!

Published January 12th, 2016 - 07:55 GMT
Sean Penn goes under US scrutiny after interview with El Chapo, and no, he's not meeting with ISIS's leader! (
Sean Penn goes under US scrutiny after interview with El Chapo, and no, he's not meeting with ISIS's leader! (
Hollywood actor Sean Penn is NOT meeting with the Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 
The New Yorker ran a satirical piece claiming that Penn has cancelled a meeting with Baghdadi because it would have been "prudent" for them to meet.
Ironically, in March 2015, Penn told The Telegraph Friday he feels morally obliged to watch gruesome Islamic State beheading videos in order to avoid becoming desensitized to real violence.
While the piece was clearly a humorous one, entertainment news website "Deadline" mistook the story for a real one and ran it on their website, only to publish a retraction on Sunday evening apologising directly to Penn, explaining that their weekend editor “misinterpreted the meaning of the story."

The retraction says: “A Deadline weekend editor misinterpreted a humorous story posted on The New Yorker website today and filed as a Deadline news story as a supposed cancelled meeting between the head of Isis and Sean Penn.

“The story, which was quickly stricken from the site, has no basis in truth and is a regrettable error. Deadline Hollywood apologises to Mr Penn.”

The New Yorker's quirky story was in response to Penn's REAL meeting with Mexican drug cartel leader "El Chapo," in which he interviewed him with actress Kate del Castillo in October.
El Chapo was one of the world's "most wanted" men after escaping from Mexico’s maximum security Altiplano prison in July 2015.
Press TV has the full report on the El Chapo-Penn story below:
American investigators will see into a meeting between Hollywood actor Sean Penn and the newly-recaptured drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, which drew criticism from press and some politicians after an interview with the Sinaola cartel boss was published in the Rolling Stones magazine.

US government sources speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Monday that Penn would not be forced to provide information to authorities in regard to the meeting with the drug lord.

El Chapo, who was on the run after escaping from Mexico’s maximum security Altiplano prison in July 2015, sat for an interview with Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo in October.

Reportedly arranged by Castillo, the rendezvous took place in a remote part of the northwestern Durango state.

After the drug kingpin was captured on Friday, the Rolling Stones rushed to publish the interview, which outraged the press community.

Meanwhile, an open investigation continued in Mexico over meeting with a runaway criminal, the country’s attorney general said Monday.

The Oscar-winning actor has reacted by saying that he has "nothin' to hide."

However, there is still a "very strong possibility that Penn and Del Castillo are going to have to testify," according to Mike Vigil, former DEA chief of international operations.

Mexican authorities, meanwhile, released footage of a dramatic raid by marine forces, which led to Guzman’s capture at a hotel in Los Mochis.

Asked by the US to extradite the boss of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico is taking advantage by pressuring Washington to find out more about the rendezvous, which Mexican authorities say had an "essential" role in the drug lord’s arrest.

The government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had rebuffed US demands for El Chapo’s extradition prior to his second prison break.

Even if it is approved by Mexican authorities, the extradition could take months.

El Chapo shocked the world last summer when he stepped into the shower at his cell in the most secure wing of the maximum security Almoloya prison in full view of a video camera and vanished into what guards later discovered was a small hole in the shower’s floor, leading to a mile-long tunnel.

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