Sean Penn Makes First Appearance Following Controversial El Chapo Interview

Sean Penn El Chapo Help Haiti
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Sean Penn appeared Saturday night in Beverly Hills at his own fundraiser in which he took to the stage numerous times to speak, yet didn’t allude to the controversy that exploded just hours earlier pertaining to his published interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The “Sean Penn & Friends: Help Haiti Home” charity gala went on as scheduled at the Montage Hotel, but he and other celebrities kept the focus squarely on the cause for which he raised more than $7 million.

Before opening the live auction, Penn teared up at the podium recalling the death of a 15-year-old in Haiti, who was refused treatment at hospitals. “So whose fault was it that he died? It was my fault as much as your fault… We can’t depend on governments… We have to make it better now,” Penn said. “Let’s use the cash to stop people from strapping bombs on their bodies and killing other people.”

The gala benefits the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which was co-founded by Penn in 2010 in response to the devastating 7.0 earthquake. Traditionally held during Golden Globes weekend, the gala was emceed by Anderson Cooper and co-hosted by Penn, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Sean & Alexandra Parker. Variety is a media sponsor of the event.

Sean Penn and Madonna arrive at Saturday’s ‘Help Haiti Home’ gala
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When asked to comment about El Chapo at the event by a Variety reporter, Penn said, “I can’t,” and walked away.

Celeb guests Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio were active in the live auction, bidding and donating. Madonna performed a French song on the ukelele and auctioned the ukelele for $300,000. Former president Bill Clinton, who has attended the gala in previous years, also sent video remarks saying of the organization, “I’ve seen firsthand the differences they’re making for Haitian people.”

Justin Bieber, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Arquette, Jason Segel, Emile Hirsch, Pamela Anderson, Soleil Moon Frye, Lana del Rey and Rachel Zoe were also in attendance. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed the show.

ABC News reported Saturday night that Penn is now under investigation for the interview, according to a Mexican official. El Chapo was recaptured Friday after escaping a Mexican prison in July.

“I want to say Sean, I love you, from the moment that I laid eyes on you,” Madonna said to Penn, “I just wish you’d stop smoking cigarettes.”

See More: Sean Penn Under Investigation for Secretly Interviewing Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’

(Jasmin Rosemberg contributed to this report.)

Anderson Cooper and Madonna inside Sean Penn & Friends’ Help Haiti Home gala
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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    JB was there??? LOL

  2. Hillary says:

    They keep talking about this compadre hug between Penn and El Chapo. In Mexico this is literally where two men strip from the waste down and rub against each other to compare size. The smaller guy has to then grab the bigger guys member and compliment him. Sounds about right for Sean Penn. Probably had to suk his way into the meeting alongside this tart Mexican actres

  3. Chupamevega says:

    El Chapo boyz are on Rat Patrol , sean penn should go into hiding now !

  4. RTF says:

    Sean and Madonna holding hands. How’s that for 80’s nostalgia?

  5. Will Hann says:

    CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD ! ! ! !
    .
    This Gala took away 30% of the donations entered. Of the remaining, after Penns organizational expenses, this ‘grandiose Event’ prolley raised $50K towards the cause. Beyond that, 99.999% of the funds that were represented came from Capitalist nations…. leaving smart people to wonder; Does Penn not get it, or is it a lethal cocktail of Penn not getting it, being stupid, and Madonnas fake British accent?

  6. Alex says:

    Penn hates Trump who builds things but loves Chopo who is a murdering drug Kink Pin, Penn is a piece of garbage. Then there’s Rolling Stone, they made fools of themselves with the phony college rape story, now they send a dictator loving dirt bag to get a puff piece about a murderer. These dimwits are going to learn very quickly how much damage they’ve done…TO THEMSELVES!!

  7. Trudy says:

    Penn’s always fancied himself as a thug-bad guy…but hanging-out with Saddam Hussein, Hugo Chavez and now El Chopo…ALL of whom have KILLED (Hundreds-of-Thousands) of innocent people…puts him in the category of “Aider & Abettor,” of these Dictators & Criminals.

    Penn should be completely written-off by the General Public as a Treasonist & Traitor to the U.S. and the rest of humanity.

    Scumbag.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      TRUDY where the blank do you get that Chavez killed “hundred of thousands”???

      CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE A SOURCE OR SHUT THE BLANK UP!

  8. Laura says:

    There’s plenty of people here in the U.S. who are turned away for medical care. Where are their celebrity-filled fundraiser gala events?

  9. Hollywood Idiot of the Day says:

    A Rodman job
    Yet another time “I am Sean” gets the Hollywood Idiot of the Day,
    make that the YEAR.
    To think that laypeople WORSHIP these script reading fakers who
    worship the scum of the earth.

  10. I think the real story here is that Penn finally admitted, “We can’t depend on governments” (Coming from Mr. “Big Government Progressive” himself…Wisdom comes with age…sometimes.

  11. Blastynast says:

    That dudes dead. Poor seany boy i bet he rat out Guzman

    • RTF says:

      Nah. First off Sean knows absolutely nothing about Chapo’s business details, which is the info that leads to lengthy convictions. Chapo was toast when caught no matter what. As far as the theory that the US or Mexican government used Penn, why would he do this for them? Did they have Penn on something, and make this part of his deal? Well, there’s another conspiracy. I’m sure Penn does the occasional line of coke, but I doubt he’s involved with anything heavy.

      I doubt Chapo’s capture had anything to do with the meeting with Penn. Remember, this is all supposedly coming from a Mexican authority speaking in anonymity. And, Chapo’s smart enough to know that. He has his own intel, including people that work for both governments. Penn checked out, otherwise Chapo never would have shown. Mexican authorities were hot on his trail already.

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