Actor Sean Penn is filming a documentary on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkish media.
The two-time Oscar winner was spotted directing Wednesday outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered with a bone saw Oct. 2, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.
A crew of about 10 people and Penn, 58, were also seen filming outside the home of the Saudi consul general.
During his visit, Penn is expected to meet with the Washington Post columnist’s fiance, Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported.
The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was heavily involved in the decision to kill Khashoggi, one of his staunch critics.
Top senators have also said they’re convinced the prince ordered the hit, with Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham saying Tuesday “there’s a smoking saw” in the case against him.
Despite that assessment, President Trump has been wary of laying the blame on the Saudi royal.
This is the latest controversial project Penn has taken on — after he and Mexican telenovela actress Kate del Castillo infamously interviewed accused drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman while he was on the run in 2015.
Their interview was published in Rolling Stone a day after the accused drug lord was nabbed in January 2016.
Guzman, 61, is accused of pumping tons of narcotics into the United States during a decades-long reign of the Sinaloa Cartel. He faces life in prison.
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