Turkey Khashoggi Sean Penn

This Dec. 5, 2018 photo made available Thursday by Yasin Aktay shows Yasin Aktay (an adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan), left, with US actor Sean Penn in Ankara, Turkey. Aktay told The Associated Press Thursday that Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 in Istanbul. Aktay, who was a friend of Khashoggi's, was the first to alert authorities that the journalist had disappeared after entering the consulate.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP/Meredith) — A Turkish official says Sean Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkey's president, tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the two-time Oscar winner interviewed him in Ankara as part of his "preliminary preparations" for the documentary before leaving for Istanbul where he was due to meet with Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee.

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Turkey Khashoggi Sean Penn

In this Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018 photo, US actor Sean Penn, left, is filmed near the Saudi Arabia's consulate building in Istanbul. Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told The Associated Press Thursday that Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate on Oct. 2, 2018.

The Washington Post columnist who was critical of the Saudi crown prince was killed by Saudi agents on Oct. 2 after arriving to handle routine paperwork. Aktay, who was a friend of Khashoggi's, was the first to alert authorities that the journalist had disappeared inside the consulate.

Turkish media showed Penn filming in front of the consulate building Wednesday.

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