Friday, March 18, 2016

Mexican Actress Kate del Castillo Explains Seemingly Flirtatious Text Messages to ‘El Chapo’

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Hollywood actor Sean Penn have been embroiled in controversy since the revelation that they met with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the most wanted drug lord in the world, in person while he was on the lam last year.

Mexican authorities want to interrogate her as a witness in an investigation and have insinuated they could be potentially investigating her for allegedly taking money from Guzman for her tequila company, Honor del Castillo, according to the newspaper El Universal.

This past January, del Castillo’s private text messages with El Chapo were leaked to the media, suggesting another kind of scandal -- that the two of them could be romantically involved.

But del Castillo is now sharing her side of the story and insists in an interview with ABC News'sDiane Sawyer that there was nothing romantic between her and the drug kingpin, whom she met in person last October.



 “Oh, my God, no, not at all,” del Castillo told Sawyer. “It’s just so not like that, and that’s one of the frustrations I have. That I wish I could have every single text that I sent with me, you know, to tell everybody how out of context they are. There was no reason why we wouldn't be friendly.”

Del Castillo says the leaked messages were selectively chosen and released out of context.

“They have put them out of context. So it looks like I'm having an affair, almost, with a guy,” she said. “And that’s what makes me so angry.”

In what del Castillo says are parts of texts leaked out of context, Guzman wrote in one text message to del Castillo in Spanish on Sept. 25, 2015, “My friend, if you bring the liquor, I will try yours … I’ll tell you, I’m not much of a drinker but since your presence will be something beautiful, and because I am really looking forward to get to know you and become very good friends. You are the best of this world. We will be very good friends … I’ll have everything taken care of for you so you won’t have any issues – because I would feel really bad. Have faith that you will be comfortable. I will care for you more than I do for my own eyes.”

She wrote back the same night in Spanish, “I am so moved that you say you will take care of me, no one has ever taken care of me, thank you! I am free next weekend.”


Del Castillo, 43, became a superstar after she appeared as the lead character, Teresa Mendoza, an ordinary woman who transforms into a fearless drug lord in the telenovela “La Reina del Sur” or “The Queen of the South.”

She said Guzman first reached out to her in summer 2014 through his lawyer, who she said told her that Guzman wanted to give her the rights to make a movie about his life. The drug lord had been re-arrested in February 2014.

She claims she jumped at the chance and told almost no one about the project, except for two movie producers she brought on as she began to assemble her team.

When the drug lord escaped from prison in July 2015, disappearing through a hole in the floor of the shower in his prison cell and into a well-lit, ventilated tunnel nearly a mile long, del Castillo claims she was “stunned” and “devastated” because she thought her exclusive story was gone.

But on Sept. 25, 2015, del Castillo flew to Mexico to meet with El Chapo’s lawyers in person, where she said they handed her a Blackberry that the drug kingpin wanted her to use to communicate with him directly.

After she received the cell phone, initial texts show that she thanked Guzman for the device and commented on how “modern” it was.

“Independent of our project, I am so excited to be able to look you in the eyes, in person. THANK YOU,” del Castillo texted him in Spanish on Sept. 26, 2015. “For me the most important thing is that you feel comfortable, you are not obligated to anything, I want you to tell me what you think after we meet.”

Guzman wrote back in Spanish, “Have faith that everything is set if it wasn’t I wouldn’t invite you. I will take care of you, you will see that when you come, I will get to drink your tequila with you. As I told you, I’m not a big drinker, but I will drink with you and to the pleasure of sharing time with you. Thank you for being such a fine person. You are beautiful, my friend in every single aspect.”

But again, she argues that the texts were leaked out of context.

“We don’t know the text before, but I was like, it’s very scary to go down there,” del Castillo told Sawyer. “I mean, 'I don’t want to risk you or my life.' It’s like, you know, ‘So are you sure that we’re going to be OK?’ and by being OK means ‘I’m going to be alive,’ so I was really scared to go down there.”

“It’s just like, ‘Thank you,’ and like, reassuring that I am going to be taken care of in this particular meeting,” she added.

She believes Guzman is more an admirer of her telenovela character Teresa Mendoza, and not necessarily infatuated with her in real life.

“He's not being even romantic. I just think he likes me,” she told Sawyer. “I don't think it was necessarily me, Kate del Castillo. I think it was -- probably a little bit of both, as I said. It was more that he was-- probably had a crush on Teresa Mendoza in a way because he loved that series so much … But I think it was a little bit of both too because he said some beautiful things about my family.”


Some of the leaked texts included messages between Guzman and his lawyers. ABC News counted 37 texts between them just about what kind of phone they should buy for del Castillo so she can talk to him.

In one exchange, Guzman tells his lawyers in Spanish he wants to buy her a phone in pink, “a color for a woman,” but when the lawyers tell him the Blackberry they chose for her only comes in black and gray, he settles on black. In another exchange on Sept. 26, 2015, Guzman texts his lawyer, saying in Spanish, “Tell Kate that when she comes we’ll drink tequila and dance, tell her that.”

On Oct. 2, 2015, del Castillo, the two producers and Sean Penn flew to Mexico to meet with Guzman in a remote location in the mountains of Sinaloa. After their meeting, del Castillo and Guzman continued to text each other for weeks.

“Good afternoon. How is the most beautiful woman in this world and the most intelligent, that I admire very much? Here’s the phone number to the lawyer so you can speak to him,” Guzman wrote her in Spanish on Oct. 24, 2015.

“Hahaha, thank you!!! Hello my lovely friend, I will call him,” she wrote back in Spanish.

Still, del Castillo insists she was not flirting with the drug lord, nor did she wanted anything romantic with him.

“I was being nice because I wanted to get the story -- you know, access to the story,” she told Sawyer. “I was not flirting. I don't think I was flirting. I mean, I was not flirting with the guy. I was being amicable.”

“I wanted his trust also,” del Castillo continued. “And he was being nice with me. Why wouldn't I be nice back? But I never said anything romantic to the guy. Nothing ever. Actually, I will go back all the time to the project, because my relationship with him was always professional.”


Mexican authorities are considering money laundering charges after the leaked text messages revealed exchanges between del Castillo and El Chapo’s lawyer in April 2015 about her “tequila project.” On April 13, 2015, the lawyer wrote, “I plan to tell him about your tequila project. You never know, he might be interested. You two could be associates.” Del Castillo wrote back “Incredible.” But del Castillo claims she never received money from the drug kingpin.

“For me it was like, I'm just-- you know, I didn't think about it,” she said. “I have not received one cent from the guy. Not one cent.”

The drug lord was re-arrested on Jan. 8, 2016. He is currently being held at a federal prison in Mexico, the same prison from which he escaped.

ABC News

77 comments:

  1. This bitch is stupid and always contradicting herself just like everybody around chapo. Just wanted to say Bullshit! Not Interesting

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    1. When you and everyone else here call a woman a bitch. I guarantee you do so selectively and at your convenience. Now imagine if I said that shit 2 your mom. How would that make you feel? Show some respect buttercup. Solamente un joto habla mal de las mujeres. - El Sol Perdido

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    2. 9:31 not every woman is a saint, sugar, not even la madre Teresa de Calcuta, AND this does not mean I concur with the opinion of 7:09 but on the contrary, I agree with la kate...
      --El Chapo Guzman is a better person and would make a better president than el pendejo mayor, peña nieto or anybody in his cabinet...

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    3. Please tell me how would el chaputo make a better president.... his campaign slogan would probably be "let's make drugs cheap again" his health care plan would be everybody over 15 gets free needles for their heroine and if he doesn't Like what protesters say he'll just have them exacuted... when will you idiots understand this man is a fucking monster ... if you really belive this guy and his people really don't kill innocents do us all a favor and go jump off a bridge or better yet go up to a group of these people and tell them you support them the most likely thing to happen would be that they'll beat you up for being a kiss ass

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    4. 1016. Disagree. Guzman would not make a better president. For one, he is too greedy, for two, he is not educated in the variance that the world represents of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Granted Nieto is not so much either, however Nieto does have a better idea than Guzman.
      Kate has a brilliant idea going, as people would like to know Guzman's secrets-even if his secrets are clearly apparent. She will have many people wanting to help in the production of the film. Is it really about the money and fame for Kate? It plays a part, however it is WHAT most of the people want, hence demand. Money becomes obscured in this case. Let her enjoy her achievement.
      BTW: I hardly doubt Kate had anything to do with Guzman's capture. She does not know how to use the U.S. authorities as witnesses in case anything had happened to her. And the Mexican authorities, they know how to use people in the case of covering communications although with the U.S., more so with themselves. She really has not done anything wrong, considering Guzman, just like hopefully anybody else, relocates his location when on the run

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    5. A Millie and Sol Perdido match, the two heavyweights finally slug it out in what's going to surely be an intellectual slugfest. My IQ just went up!

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    6. Con el chapo no juegas, el se ha ganado su dinero,
      --epn se ha robado TODO LO QUE TIENE Y TODO LO QUE GASTA, Y SIEMPRE LO HAN MANTENIDO DEL GOBIERNO...APARTE DE TODO LO QUE SE ROBA y todos los inocentes que manda matar...
      --Al chapo guzman, ni una madre mexicana le anda reclamando por sus hijos después de 40 años en el negocio...
      --A epn le cuelgan 60 000 muertos y 30 000 desaparecidos en 3 años de gobierno...
      Eres güey o te haces...
      12:27 tu espejito miente, a tu IQ se le cayeron los calzones, por eso te ves mas arriba...

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    7. What a fight folks! Millie comes out swinging even going all caps lock at one point and unleashing multi paragraph post. He even took a jab at me and I'm just the ring announcer. (Omg, I'm such a loser lol)

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    8. 11:13 they is no fight, honey, you don't have what it takes...

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    9. Dang 11:13 that sounds like 12:52 just gave you a challenge. Even ended her sentence like it's all 2 be continued. Lol.

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    10. Lopsided fight, looks like millie wins by sheer intellectual intimidation.

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    11. Epn inherited those 60,000 deaths from El chaputos little bitch Calderon ... during Calderone Era the Sinaloa cartel propaganda machine was working hard to make the public belive they were good guys

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    12. A hoe can't be a housewife.
      Stop trying to defend these bitches man.what are ya'll? Some sort of "Captain save-a hoe?

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    13. 9:22pm didn't know it was a girl.

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    14. To many children around here.

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    15. Millie is a housewife?

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    16. 10:51 no güey, calderon's deaths and disappearances were from 2006 to 2012...
      --Peña Nieto's is since 2012...
      --Of course, the real amounts are different depending on the source, Monica pretellini and Atenco murders are not counted here against epn, that was before he got made "presidente"

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    17. @12:41 The degradation of women worldwide doesn't help. Come to Juarez and see femicide with your own eyes. And once you've laid eyes on it I'm more than sure you'll tend to see how any hatred perputuates these senseless murders. - El Sol Perdido

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    18. 12.41
      Lmao,tell him dog,he thinks there all princesses like Lord o de Rings or some shit.

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    19. Sol Perdido.
      Are you a female?What are you are you going on about?Shall we start calling them mrs or miss?

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    20. @8;39 How about just using the persons name.

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    21. Holy smokes!! Sol Perdido returns fire but he didn't land a punch. Others have joined turning the brawl into a battla royale, on all out literati blood bath!!

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    22. Sol, are you comparing degradation of women to femicide? Kudos to you tho for bringing up the downright sad and tragic case of femicide in Juarez. I researched it once and BB has an excellent story about it, but unfortunately it seems that the state of Mexico (not the country) has its own case of femecide which may be worse than that of Juarez.

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    23. Perdido
      Thats not cool comparing this banter to Juarez Femicides?
      Thats a monstrous heartbreaking tragedy what happened and still continues to happen.Please do not make judgements based on silly rhetoric here

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    24. This has now turned pathetic by bringing Juarez into it to justify your opinion,don't demean it like that

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    25. @March 19, 2016 at 11:48 AM
      I'm not a fanboy but Chapo would actually be able to run MX as a president as good as any of them if not better. He is talented. You watch his gonna escape again.

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    26. For the record, I gave Kudos to Sol simply for remembering femicide which should never be forgotten but his comparison of it to degradation of woman was a desperate and failed attempt to win an argument.

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  2. I fell in love with kate

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    1. You have no taste in girls dude

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    2. 951. Seriously? Every person has different tastes, so is that so difficult to understand? From a, one, woman's perspective, Kate is not that attractive in photograph pictures. In the 20/20 interview, she was attractive. Whether acting or not, she appeared sincere with the realistics rather than what some may call the fantasy. I don't find many of the women in that scenario tantalizing, and Kate is not really in that scenario. Try viewing the interview again without imaging her as what is it...one of them? Individuals are individuals just like people are people.

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    3. Who told you I am a dude.

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    4. 9:51 I will like to see your whila to see if she is all that.

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  3. Anything for fame and $$$

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  4. It obvious that Chapo was hopping to jump in bed with Kate del Castillo. No more no less.

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    1. And it's obvious she was using that to her advantage. Everyone realizes it, so now Kate is trying to backtrack her way out of legal trouble.

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  5. this bitch is full of lies and flip flops more than a fish out of water - chapo or the mexican government should do her in

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  6. I can't get enough of the Say-ahn Penn, Kate, and Chapo circus. Lol, Chapo was truly calientes over Kate. He tought que se iva comer todo ese tamalote!!

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    1. Lol I was thinking the same thing. Pendejo.

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    2. What pinchi tamalote, looks like dehydrated camel 24/7

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  7. Mex gov wants to go after money laundering for Kate?Doesn't she live in the US and her tequila from New Jersey?What jurisdiction would Mex gov have?How about going aftwr Chapo's money laundering in MEXICO?There would be lots $$ to get.They're mad because Kate got to Chapo before them and she's a woman to boot.I watched part of 20/20 and she denied there was a military checkpoint and Sean insisted there was so what's up with that.I'm thinking maybe Chapo's guys were dressed like military and Kate being Mexican knew the dif and Sean didn't.

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    1. Canadiana are you a real Canadian or a Mexican immigrant?

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    2. 7:32-English/French Canadian born near Toronto but loves Latin America and travelling and spent the best year of my life in Mexico and numerous shorter trips there!

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  8. And of course she made the interview in English for promotion to the American public so when the movie comes out people are anxious to watch it. Nada pendeja you can tell she will do anything for fame, I've a never liked her she's an attention whore. Just my opinion though

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    1. @12:49 English is the lingua franca of international business. She's a business woman. - El Sol Perdido

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    2. 10:06am The interview was not an offical business conduit so your lingua franca example is misapplied. Don't forget that she's primarily an actress.

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    3. And every actor/actress does public relations 2 promote themselves. Hate her or adulate her. The limelight shines on her either way. - El Sol Perdido

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    4. 20/20 is not an international business affair, it is an US English language show, later you can translate on youtube, la kate managed to talk and understand some english, better than epn by the güey, way...

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  9. Her sin was saying el Chapo would be a better president than peña nieto, and badmouthing las nalgas güilas y la casa blanca de la pinche gabiota, para que le hace mostly al pendejo.
    --It is not like because el chapo, la kate y el Sean had their arms on each other's back they had been making out the whole three of them, and if they did so what? How much is the fine?

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    1. Down here in Mexico they play mostly American music in restaurants and schools and many bars. As well as in quincineras and school events. American actors are well know here also. The big and most famous food chains are also American.

      Most Americans do not listen to Banda and Nortena or any Mexican music in the USA. They need to hear it more and then they will acquire a taste for it. Nor do they know any Mexican actors in the USA to any degree. The discrepancy is huge. When I go to the Cine here in Chihuahua just about every movie playing is from the USA period.

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    2. No her sin was she wanted do business with chapita

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  10. Didn't even know who she was until two months ago

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    1. Do you really think all Mexicans know every single U.S actors? Of course not. Same as you people in the U.S.A most likely will not Mexican actors.

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    2. And she still dont know who da heck u are

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  11. Little protected rich girl playing real life with her playhouse and dolls !

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  12. Hate her accent.Total turn off for me,and I'm Mexican,maybe thats why...

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    1. Her accent is from what part of Mexico? What don't you like about the accent? Viewers like it on TV I hear.

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  13. Agree with everything said. Bitch $$

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  14. That midget wanted to beat that up

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    1. Chapo wanted Kate to test him, he wants to see if Kate is as thorough as hes heard,he was gonna make her his cuttybuddy.But shit went west, now whats chaps gonna do?

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    2. 10:00 Now el chapo will have to stretch the soap, only one bar of soap allowed per month, nobody wants him sculpting a gun out of it.

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    3. Yup Chapo wanted to hit it and quit it :):):):):):)

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  15. poor kate the goverment wants her money

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    1. and the Gov. will win

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  16. Bunch of crackers on here doing alot of talking show your faces you know what time it is

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    1. WHO ALLOWS THESE RACIST COMMENTS AGAINST WHITEPEOPLE ON HERE ? Your doing a bad job whoever it is..
      Its probably a white person allowing it

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    2. Shall we all start throwing racist insults around BB?
      What a great blog that would turn into

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  17. STAY OFF THE HATER-AID!!!
    Everyone is jealous that she got the interview and located him before the govt. As many Escobar documentaries that people watch how much more would they like to watch one where he is interviewed alive!?

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    1. Escobar would NOT be interviewed alive, he had a lot to say about WHO THE FACK WERE HIS BUSINESS PARTNERS...that why, that whu he was let go and ot allowed to have a say, his 'persegudores de pablo' las PePas, got the drug trafficking of pablo's and the presidencies of Colombia ever since, from the US

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    2. 9:18 Escobar was interviewed alive MANY times.

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    3. 2:13 ooops, did pablo say who were his big drug trafficking partners on the US?

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  18. American attention span is short she better make that film/series quick. Interest in shorty is dying. And with a Mexican as the focal point, good luck getting that financed in xenophobic Hollywood. Personally, I'd rather see a film/series on that Pettis kid out of Memphis who chilled with La Barbie. You have to have an angle or something eccentric and some Mexican who used to sell oranges then made it big is yawn worthy. He's not the first/godfather of Mexico's drug business. He's not flashy or even a psychopath (that we know of). Yeah, yeah he escaped a prison so what that happens in US quite often we're seeing lately.

    Good luck Kate. Hope you don't lose your shirt...literally

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  19. Her fifteenth minutes of fame are almost over. No one here in the states have heard of her and the majority of people couldn't care less about chapo or her stupid little drama.

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    1. So if you dont care then why are you reading this article about her and then commenting seems to me you do care. Arent you n the states lol

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  20. Kate is an intelligent woman. She was smart enough to invest in a business. The actor/actress world is so competitive in today's world that roles are difficult to get. Many want to be a star and some are just want a be's with a personal not educational opinion-not even applying for a role. A lot of you people, or men for that matter, sound like chauvinist, fighting for not against the glass ceiling, when you all should consider a better life style

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  21. yo would you say kastillio's series "reina del sur" is like mexico's breaking bad with a woman instead of a man as the boss?

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  22. The comment sections on this site are pure cancer. You're all here because of a common interest and yet every comment section quickly devolves into some
    of the most juvenile shit I've ever read, and I read the comments on Best Gore and youtube. Those sites have nothing on you guys as far as acting like children

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