Steven Semmens, 35, whose girlfriend and their children live in Columbia has been banned from entering the country for five years
A British tourist who was filmed snorting cocaine off drug lord Pablo Escobar’s grave says the prank has ruined his life.
Steven Semmens claims the stunt in Colombia was meant as a “mark of respect” to the gangster.
But when the clip went viral he was kicked out of the country – where his girlfriend and their kids live – and banned from returning for five years.
Steven, 35, fears for their safety, claiming he’s had death threats from the country’s criminal gangs.
Since the uproar last April he has returned home to Swansea and says he can’t bring his family over here because of visa rules.
Now he wants to apologise to the South American country for “causing disrespect” – and plans to become a drugs counsellor.
Steven Semmens was filmed snorting lines of the drug in Columbia
He said: “My mate asked me to do a line off Escobar’s grave and it just went mad. It was funny at the time but I’m ashamed. Everybody said I was a disgrace and I was making the country look bad.
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“The president even mentioned me on TV and the police were worried for my safety. It was really scary. I regret doing it so much. 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.”
Steven flew to Colombia in November 2017 after meeting a girl from there during an earlier holiday in Ibiza.
She became pregnant with twins in Colombia, he says.
Reports at the time suggested he had recently been released from prison but he says he was simply a university dropout.
And he claims he plans to return to uni to be a drugs counsellor.
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The grave of druglord Pablo Escobar (Image: Getty)
He was filmed at Escobar’s tomb near Medellin emptying a bag of white powder on to the stone and rolling up a five dollar note.
After leaning down and snorting, he turns to the camera grinning and says: “I’m Gordon Ramsay, mate,” referring to the TV chef’s documentary on cocaine.
Steven claims the video was shot by a hitman for Escobar’s Medellin Cartel after they met in a local bar.
He said: “Colombia is the most corrupt place I’ve ever been to. Buying cocaine is cheaper than buying a Mars bar there.
“I was in a bar in Medellin when the news flashed up on the TV of me doing the cocaine. All the locals were going crazy so I joined in slagging off the guy on TV because I didn’t want them to know it was me.
“I went home, shaved to change my appearance and went to the mountains outside Medellin to hide. As soon as I could I went to Cartegena and hid.
“Then I went to the capital, Bogota, but the police found me.
“They gave me a paper with a five-year ban on and I was taken to the airport and told not to come back.
“If I wasn’t banned I would definitely have gone back to see my children. But I knew when I got on the plane I was lucky to be alive.
“I regret what I did so much and I want to apologise to the people of Colombia.”
Escobar, known as the King of Cocaine or El Patron, was 44 when police shot him dead at his HQ in Medellin in 1993.
By the late 1980s he had a £21billion fortune and was supplying 80 per cent of cocaine in the US.
Some guides sell cocaine tours to the grave and let tourists sample the drug.
Escobar’s career inspired the Netflix drama Narcos about the Colombian drug trade in the 1980s.