kate+del+castilloKate del Castillo says that her involvement in actor Sean Penn’s interview with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has cost her acting jobs and a “macho” Mexican government is persecuting her only because she’s a woman.

The actress fears that she’ll be detained if she returns to Mexico because she still faces government accusations of obstruction of justice and money laundering related to the 2015 meeting with the Sinaloa cartel leader.

“It’s not been a good year,” she said. “I couldn’t work because people didn’t want me, because they were afraid.”

“I’ve done nothing wrong. Probably it was a little too risky. You can like it or not, but it’s nothing illegal,” she said. “Why am I the only one who is being persecuted? Because I’m a woman. If I was a man, this would never have happened. I get it, especially in Mexico — we’re very macho.”

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