Kristina Jung is the daughter of George Jung, the convicted drug trafficker who was part of the Medellin Cartel.
Jung, who ran one of the largest drug trafficking operations in American history, was released from prison in June 2014 after nearly two decades in jail. Authorities believe that during the 1970s and 1980s, Jung and the Medellin cartel were responsible for 85 percent of all cocaine smuggled into the U.S.
Jung was the subject of the popular Johnny Depp film Blow, which ends with a sad scene, in which Jung admits that his daughter, Kristina, was the best thing in his life. Blow was released in 2001 and directed by the late Ted Demme.
But who is his daughter? And how is their relationship now that her father is free?
Here is what you need to know about Kristina Jung, George Jung’s daughter:
1. After His Release, George Jung Tried to Reconnect With His Daughter
After his release from a New Jersey federal prison in June 2014, George Jung was transported to San Francisco to a California halfway house in order to adjust to free living. TMZ reports that Jung and his daughter have spoken by phone since his release. Their reconciliation reportedly began a few years before his release.
Jung’s representatives told TMZ that the two planned to see each other in the “near future.” However, there was no update in the press about this meeting. In 2016, Jung told TMZ he was developing a reality show called Poverty Sucks, which would have been about his relationship with Kristina and how he struggled to make money after prison. THe project never came to fruition.
Jung launched his own website in 2006. It hasn’t been updated since December 2016.
In January 2017, TMZ reported that Jung was sentenced to three months in prison for violating his parole. He was expected to do only a month in prison because of time served.
2. The Final Scene of ‘Blow’ Claims She Never Visited Him in Prison
When the Blow was released in 2001, Jung had already been in federal prison for seven years. The film’s tragic ending shows Depp as George Jung, wishing he has spent more time with his daughter and imagining an emotional reconciliation scene.
As the lonely and depressed Jung walks back into the prison from the yard, text reveals that in those seven years of imprisonment, his daughter never came to visit him. You can see that image from the film above.
3. Emma Roberts Played Her in the Movie
The film shows George Jung attempting to balance the raising of his young daughter with his international cocaine smuggling business in the 1980s. The young Kristina Jung is played by Emma Roberts. At the time, Roberts was only 10 years old, and her appearance in Blow was her first film role.
The real Kristina reportedly filmed a cameo in the movie, but her scenes were removed.
Today, Roberts is best known for her roles in Scream Queens, American Horror Story, Palo Alto and We’re The Millers. She is actor Eric Roberts’ daughter and Julia Roberts’ niece.
4. Kristina Jung Identifies Herself on Facebook as a ‘Writer & Poetess’
On a Facebook page identified as belonging to Kristina Sunshine Jung, she calls herself as a “Writer and Poetess.” Her page, which she admittedly does not check often, has been inundated with comments from people discussing the release of her father.
She has remained out of the public eye since her father’s imprisonment. Her last public message was posted in June 2014.
“Thank you all for the kind, and also not so kind messages and posts. I don’t always have time to post and keep up to date. But I read most of them. stay blessed,” she wrote.
5. Her Father Imported 85 Percent of America’s Cocaine in the 1970s & 1980s
After meeting Colombian drug dealer Carlos Lehder in prison in Connecticut, Jung went into the cocaine business with his former bunkmate, taking trips to Colombia and convincing people to carry cocaine-filled suitcases from certain areas of the Caribbean. Capitalizing on America’s surging appetite for cocaine, Jung’s business exploded.
Between the late 1970s and early ’80s, Jung claimed he was supplying 85 percent of the cocaine in America, according to his website.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, at his peak, Jung was pulling in $15 million per drug run.
In an interview with PBS’ Frontline, Jung said he didn’t think what he was doing was wrong because the drugs he was bringing in were accepted during the 1960s.
“I felt that there was nothing wrong with what I was doing because I was supplying a product to people that wanted it and it was accepted,” Jung explained to PBS. “I mean nobody really was making any negative statements about marijuana. In fact it was being accepted, I think at one time, in the 60s it came close to being legalized. Have a Woodstock where half-a-million people showed up and everybody smoking marijuana. Where else will get a gather of half-a-million people where no one was murdered, there was no violence or what have you.”