The Mexican actress who arranged for Sean Penn to meet Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has said that she would kick the two-time Oscar winner in the groin were she to see him again, lashing at out what she perceives as Penn’s betrayal of her, as she announced she was suing the Mexican government for $60 million (£47m).

Del Castillo, 46, arrived in Mexico on Thursday – returning to her homeland for the first time since meeting Guzman in October 2015.

The Mexican government launched an investigation into the meeting, which Penn then wrote about in a Rolling Stone article.

Del Castillo has said she feels used and betrayed by Penn, and that she had no idea he was planning to write an article.

“I have not talked to him for long time, but if I saw him face to face, I would kick him in his private parts,” she said, at a press conference called for her return.

“He was very bad, he did not protect me and risked my life.”

Guzman is currently on trial in New York.

She also announced that she was suing former Mexican officials for $60 million in “moral and material damages” because of what she calls “political persecution” against her.

She was never charged, but claims that prosecutors leaked information that damaged her reputation.

Del Castillo arranged the meeting because she was considering doing a documentary or film about Guzman’s life, but said she currently has no plans to pursue such a project.

“I am nervous and touched to be here,” she said, explaining that Mexico’s change of government on Dec 1 reassured her that it was safe to return to visit her family.

“I am crying with emotion. I am coming from the airport, touched and happy, and I organised this press conference to thank you for your support."

She insisted that the former government had harassed her partly because of her gender.

"The Mexican government chased me and attacked me for being critical of the government, or for interviewing the most wanted man in the world, or for highlighting the authorities that let him jailbreak," she said.

"If I had been a man, that would have been another story, we would not be here. It is a violation of my rights for being a woman and actress, it is sad that in this time we keep having to fight only because we are women."

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