Actress del Castillo says Mexico government wants to 'destroy' her: report

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Mexican Authorities Ask Actress Kate Del Castillo to Talk to Them About "El Chapo"

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Actress Kate del Castillo, at the center of a Mexican money laundering probe after she helped Hollywood star Sean Penn interview drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, said Mexico's government wants to "destroy her," Univision reported over the weekend.

Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez has said that there were "indications" the actress may have used money from Guzman to help finance her tequila business.

"I have no reason to give explanations to the press. If I don't talk its because my lawyers told me not to because the government wants to destroy me," the actress said in a message to Univision, which published the comment on its website.

A publicist for del Castillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An official for Mexico's attorney general's office declined to comment on the remarks, but noted that Gomez has guaranteed that the presumption of innocence will be respected.

Del Castillo's father said last week that his daughter will testify at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles where she will present proof "she is clean."

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Actress del Castillo says Mexico government wants to 'destroy' her: report
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Kate del Castillo arrives for AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Alcon Entertainment's 'The 33' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
TOPSHOT - A woman reads La Jornada newspaper in Mexico City, on January 10, 2016 which shows a picture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka 'El Chapo' (R), shaking hands with US actor Sean Penn. The Hollywood-worthy recapture of 'El Chapo' took a stunning turn Sunday as authorities sought to question Penn over his interview with the Mexican drug kingpin. A federal official told AFP that the attorney general's office wants to talk with Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo about their secretive meeting with Guzman in October, three months before his capture on January 8. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Kate del Castillo attends the Centerpiece Gala premiere of Alcon Entertainment's 'The 33' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
A man reads an article about drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka 'El Chapo', showing a picture of him (R) and US actor Sean Penn, on the website of Rolling Stone magazine, in Mexico City, on January 10, 2016. The Hollywood-worthy recapture of 'El Chapo' took a stunning turn Sunday as authorities sought to question Penn over his interview with the Mexican drug kingpin. A federal official told AFP that the attorney general's office wants to talk with Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo about their secretive meeting with Guzman in October, three months before his capture on January 8. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Actors Cote De Pablo, Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche, Antonio Banderas, Kate del Castillo and director Patricia Riggen attend the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Alcon Entertainment's 'The 33' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Kate del Castillo attends the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of Alcon Entertainment's 'The 33' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For AFI)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26: Kate del Castillo is seen on the set of 'Despierta America' at Univision Studios on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26: Juan Pablo Saba, Kate del Castillo and Rodrigo Santoro are seen on the set of 'Despierta America' at Univision Studios on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26: Kate del Castillo arrives at the screening of film 'The 33' at Tower Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26: Kate del Castillo and Dr. Eduardo J. Padron arrive at the screening of film 'The 33' at Tower Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 25: Kate del Castillo arrives at the screening of film 'The 33' at Tower Theatre on October 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 25: Kate del Castillo, Juan Pablo Raba, Patricia Riggen and Rodrigo Santoro arrive at the screening of film 'The 33' at Tower Theatre on October 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 21: Actress Kate del Castillo attends Premio Buchanana's A la grandeza del Cine Mexicano press conference at Campo Marte on October 21, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 21: Actress Kate del Castillo attends the Premio Buchanana's A la grandeza del Cine Mexicano red carpet at Campo Marte on October 21, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Kate del Castillo accepts the PETA Latino award onstage at PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Kate del Castillo attends PETA's 35th anniversary party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
TELENOVELA -- 'The Rivals' Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eva Longoria as Ana Sofia Calderon, Jencarlos Canela as Xavier Castillo, Carlos Ponce as Diego Dominguez, Kate del Castillo as Kate Dominguez -- (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 24: Actress Kate del Castillo attends 'Los 33' press conference at Four Seasons hotel on August 24, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 10: Actress Kate Del Castillo attends the presentation of The Humane Society of the United States 'the Humane Legislator Of The Year Award' on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for The Humane Society Of The United States)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 18: Kate del Castillo attends Platino Awards Gala on July 18, 2015 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 10: Actress Kate Del Castillo attends the presentation of The Humane Society of the United States 'the Humane Legislator Of The Year Award' on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for The Humane Society Of The United States)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27: Actress Kate Del Castillo attends the 2nd Annual Premios Platinos of Iberoamerican Cinema nominations announcement at Andaz Hotel on May 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 24: Kate del Castillo attends the Vanity Fair México magazine launch at Casa Del Lago on March 24, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Kate Del Castillo attends the 2015 Telemondo And NBC Universo Upfront at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 19: (L-R) Charlie Cox, Kate del Castillo, guest and Michael Kelly attend the NetFlix Award 2015 at Museo Jumex on March 19, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
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The attorney general's office said del Castillo would be questioned by authorities this week, although there were no details on when or where it would happen.

The Mexican government has said a meeting between the actress, who played a drug boss in the television series "La Reina del Sur", Oscar-winning actor Penn and Guzman was essential to the kingpin's recapture earlier this month.

The day after he was apprehended, Rolling Stone magazine published an article by Penn, based on his and del Castillo's secret meeting with Guzman while the drug lord was on the run.

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