Spanish adult film star Nacho Vidal , 47, has been formally charged with reckless homicide after a man died during a ceremony involving toad venom.
Vidal was arrested last year in May on suspicion of man slaughter following an 11-month investigation, according to Spain’s law enforcement agency, The Guardia Civil.
Investigations showed the male victim, a photographer, dead after partaking in a “spiritual or mystical” rite of passage in July 2019 in the town of Enguera, Spain.
The strange ritual took place in Vidal’s residence, and consisted of having to inhale toxic vapors from the burning scales of a highly venomous Bufo alvarius toad, according to officials. Vidal’s lawyer, Daniel Salvador contests, “it was a terrible accident”.
The toad involved, also known as the Colorado River Toad or the Sonoran Desert Toad, releases a deadly venom called 5-MeO-DMT. These secretions are known to have hallucinogenic effects according to an Addiction Center website. It is also known to be four to six times more powerful than more conventional DMT substances out in the market. Stimulating production of serotonin, the neurotransmitters that cause euphoric feelings of happiness.
If courts find Vidal guilty, he can potentially face up to four years in prison.
During his career in the adult industry he has appeared in over 10,000 scenes in the tenure of his 26 years, and is an owner of a sex toy store.