Sean Penn Got Into Fight With Actress Over Support of Hugo Chavez

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By Michael Lewittes




Sean Penn and his former co-star Maria Conchita Alonso got into a heated fight at LAX airport on Sunday after the actress, who was born in Cuba and raised in Venezuela, confronted Penn about his open support for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

In a radio interview with WMAL in Washington on Monday, Alonso recounted the showdown, explaining that all the animosity she felt towards Penn for supporting the leftist dictator exploded when she saw him in LAX’s lost baggage area. Alonso, who condemned Penn’s support for Chavez in an open letter last year, said when she approached the actor in the airport, he told her, “I don’t wanna talk to you. You speak badly about me.”

The actress responded, “I just say the truth… That you are a friend of Chavez and that he’s a good man. And that’s a lie… How can you do that?” Alonso said she then accused Penn of supporting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which he denied before calling her, “a pig,” to which she retorted, “And you are a Communist, Sean Penn.”

From there, the argument escalated, and Alonso admitted she called Penn a “Communist a**hole” in front of a crowd of approximately 60 people who had gathered around them in the airport. The actress said she regrets calling Penn, who played her lover in the 1988 movie Colors, an “a**hole,” but holds, “I’m not apologizing for calling him a Communist, because that’s what he is.” Check out the audio of Alonso’s interview below.


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