Sean Penn says his article on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “failed” in its mission.

Speaking to CBS, the actor said his intention in tracking down the escaped drug kingpin and writing about him for Rolling Stone magazine was to start a discussion of the U.S. government’s war on drugs.

But the public’s attention has instead been focused on the fact that Penn met with Guzman in a mountain hideout last October while Guzman was still evading Mexican officials. He was apprehended last week.

The interview airs on “60 Minutes” Sunday.

Penn has been drawn into a controversy over whether he may have assisted in the recapture effort, or, conversely, may have prolonged the search by keeping silent until the article was published.

Penn told “60 Minutes” he has “a terrible regret” because the article didn’t spark a drug policy debate.

“Let me be clear. My article failed,” he said.

Deposition challenged

Lawyers for Bill Cosby’s wife are challenging a judge’s decision allowing her to be questioned under oath in a Massachusetts defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who allege Cosby sexually abused them decades ago. Last month, Magistrate Judge David Hennessy refused to quash a subpoena from lawyers who want to depose Camille Cosby. Hennessy found that a marital disqualification rule in Massachusetts doesn’t apply to deposition testimony. In an appeal, Camille Cosby’s lawyers argued that the rule prohibits a spouse from testifying about private marital conversations in any court proceeding.

 

Ejected: Mos Def has 14 days to leave South Africa after he was arrested on charges he violated local immigration laws while trying to leave the country, a government spokesman said Friday. The rapper and actor, who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey, appeared in a South African court after he was arrested at Cape Town’s airport and produced an unrecognized “world passport” when he tried to leave the country, Tshwete said. The entertainer entered the country on a U.S. passport in 2013 and overstayed his visitor’s permit.

 

On top: David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar,” released two days before his death, has shot to No. 1 on the British album chart. Ten of the 40 top-selling albums announced Friday are by Bowie, who died Sunday of cancer age 69. “Blackstar,” whose lyrics ponder life and mortality, sold nearly 150,000 copies in all formats, giving Bowie his 10th No. 1 album and knocking Adele’s “25” off the top spot.

 

Farewell: Dan Haggerty, who played mountain man Grizzly Adams in the 1974 hit movie “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” which was followed by a TV show in 1977, has died. He was 74. Haggerty died Friday morning in a Burbank, Calif., hospital surrounded by his family, said his manager, Terry Bomar. The actor had begun chemo treatments last summer for a spinal tumor, Bomar said.

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