Penn seen film­ing documentary on Khashoggi mur­der

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Hol­ly­wood ac­tor and ac­tivist Sean Penn is film­ing a documentary on the mur­der of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, ac­cord­ing to Turk­ish me­dia, as sus­tained out­rage over the killing threat­ens U.S. ties with its chief gulf ally.

Penn was seen on Wed­nes­day out­side the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, where Khashoggi was killed and dis­mem­bered on Oct. 2, as well as at the res­i­dence of the Saudi con­sul gen­eral, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency and Hur­riyet Daily News re­ported.

Turkey’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has ac­cused mem­bers of Saudi Ara­bia’s gov­ern­ment of or­der­ing the killing of Saudi in­sider-turned-critic Khashoggi, com­ing close to di­rectly im­pli­cat­ing the king­dom’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.

The documentary by Penn, whose ac­tivism has cov­ered peace in the Mid­dle East to the fight against drug car­tels and coun­ter­ing global warm­ing, could in­crease pub­lic aware­ness as Congress raises pres­sure on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­spond.

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Ac­tor Sean Penn, left, stands near Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate build­ing in Is­tan­bul. Yasin Ak­tay, an ad­viser to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, said Thurs­day that Penn is in Turkey work­ing on a documentary about the slay­ing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

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