THE British tourist who was filmed appearing to snort cocaine off drug baron Pablo Escobar’s grave has claimed the stunt has landed him with death threats and cost him his family.
Steven Semmens, 35, appeared in video footage and he can be seen to spill white powder where Escobar is buried in Itagui, Colombia, before seemingly to snort it up.
Semmens said he did it as a “mark of respect” but he has now been kicked out of Colombia, where is girlfriend and twins live, for five years and had to return to Swansea.
Semmens told the Mirror: “People sent me death threats on Facebook.
“They said if they found me they would skin me alive. I can’t see my children and that hurts.”
Speaking eight months after the incident he said he regretted his actions and wanted to “apologise to the people of Colombia.”
Semmens then pours some of the white powder on to Escobar's grave
He said: “It was funny at the time but I'm ashamed. Everybody said I was a disgrace and I was making the country look bad.”
After leaning down and snorting the powder from the headstone, Steven Semmens turns to the camera grinning and says, "I'm Gordon Ramsay mate" - referring to the TV chef's documentary series on cocaine.
Semmens claimed the video was filmed by a hitman for Escobar’s Medellin Cartel after they met in a bar.