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Spanish porn star charged with manslaughter after photographer dies in toad poison ritual

Spanish porn star charged with manslaughter after photographer dies in toad poison ritual

  • Nacho Vidal denies being the shaman in the psychedelic ritual.
Nacho Vidal, entering the courts of Xàtiva.

Spain’s Civil Guard has arrested porn star Nacho Vidal on manslaughter charges following the death of a man who inhaled psychedelic toad venom.

The victim is fashion photographer Jose Luis Abad who died in July 2019.

Police also announced they had arrested one of Vidal’s relatives and an employee on suspicion of manslaughter and crimes against public health.

Vidal, aged 46, is most famous for straight porn and has starred in 1,500 films. But he has also produced and directed gay porn titles for the Evil Angel video company.

He also runs a Twitter feed, full of adverts for his 25-centimeter aromatic candles in the shape of male genitalia. They are available in black, white or cerise.

Toxic toad

The Colorado River toad or Sonoran Desert toad.
The Colorado River toad or Sonoran Desert toad. Wildfeuer

The Civil Guard arrested Vidal last Thursday in Enguera, a town in the Valencia region in the southeast of Spain. It follows an 11-month investigation.

A police statement said: ‘The police operation began following the victim’s death during the celebration of a mystic ritual based on the inhalation of venom of the bufo alvarius toad.’

The Colorado River toad or Sonoran Desert toad is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

Its primary defense system are glands that produce a poison with a very powerful natural psychedelic substance. Scientists call this substance 5-MeO-DMT.

When someone inhales it, the psychoactive effect starts within 15 seconds. The user may experience a warm sensation, euphoria, and strong visual and auditory hallucinations.

However, the poison is also extremely dangerous – certainly deadly enough to kill some potential predators.

Vidal denies being the shaman in the ritual

Investigators said people using the poison portray it as a ‘harmless ancestral ritual’. But in reality it poses a ‘serious health risk’. They say the ritual lures people who are ‘easily influenced, vulnerable or who are seeking help for illnesses or addictions using alternative methods’.

And they added:

‘At the conclusion of an 11-month investigation, we have been able to establish that an offense of involuntary manslaughter and a public health offense has occurred, allegedly committed by those who organized and presided over the ritual.’

However Vidal’s lawyer, Daniel Salvador, denied the porn star was the shaman in the ritual.

He said: Nacho is very upset by the death of this person, but he considers himself to be innocent.

‘With all due respect to the dead man and his family, Nacho maintains that the consumption [of the poison] was completely voluntary.’