Actor Sean Penn is in Turkey to film a documentary about the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkish media reports.

Penn was seen Wednesday in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Anadolu Agency reported.


Khashoggi, who was a U.S. resident and columnist for The Washington Post, was reportedly dismembered and killed by Saudi agents inside that consulate in October. He arrived at the consulate that day to pick up paperwork that would allow him to marry his fiancée.

The CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder. U.S. lawmakers have also blamed the crown prince for the killing, and senators said Tuesday that a classified briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel solidified that belief.

"There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday. “You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi," he added, using the crown prince’s initials.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE, however, has refused to blame the crown prince for the murder, saying that the CIA hasn't come to a conclusion. Trump has also pledged to maintain a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia. 

Penn, the star of films like "Mystic River" and "Milk," has often waded into politics, and has been openly critical of Trump, once calling him an "enemy of mankind."