Who Is Nacho Vidal and Why Was Toad Venom Involved In His Arrest?

Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal was arrested on a suspicion of manslaughter after a man died during a ceremonial ritual involving toad venom.

CNN reported that Vidal was arrested with two other men after an 11 month investigation. Only the 46 year old adult performer's name has been made public. Police have not revealed the name of the man who died. All three were released, and the investigation is ongoing.

Spanish law enforcement agency, Guardia Civil, told CNN that the man died during a "mystical ritual involving the inhalation of venomous vapors from the Bufo alvarius toad," and the ceremony was organized by Vidal and the other individuals arrested. The toad is also known as a Sonoran Desert toad or a Colorado River toad. According to a field guide to Arizona's reptiles and amphibians, the species is said to have hallucinogenic qualities and "the species' skin toxins are strong enough to kill a dog."

The Guardia Civil told CNN that the arrested individuals frequently performed rituals involving venom, but Vidal's lawyer denied that the performer was regularly involved.

Newsweek's attempts to contact Vidal through email addresses on his various websites were unsuccessful. The Guardia Civil did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment in time for publication.

Vidal has been an adult entertainer since he was 21. He began working with a girlfriend after enrolling in the Spanish Legion, according to a 2004 interview. He said that famed Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi named him his successor.

According to his website, Vidal has performed in at least 10,000 scenes and has won 18 international awards during his 26 year long career in the adult entertainment industry. Besides being a performer, Vidal also has his own online shop, which sells various sex toys and lubricants.

Despite mostly performing in adult videos, Vidal has appeared in some other Spanish films and TV shows that are not pornographic. He appeared in an episode of Spanish action-comedy show Los Simuladores. He has also had roles in the 2002 thriller The Impatient Alchemist and 2006 comedy Nobody is Perfect, according to his IMDb page.

The toad venom arrest isn't the first time that Vidal has run into legal trouble. In 2012, the actor was a suspect in a money-laundering ring. It was alleged that his sister had written false invoices for his production company, according to El Pais. Vidal claimed he was innocent, after he was released on bail, according to AVN News.

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Nacho Vidal attends the Ninfa Awards 2016 at City Hall Barcelona on November 30, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The performer was arrested on suspicions of manslaughter, earlier this week, but was released as the investigation continues. Miquel Benitez/Getty