Missing out British rugby star Levi Davis revealed he was being blackmailed and stalked by criminal elements in a chilling video posted to Instagram shortly before his disappearance in Spain last October. The video was quickly deleted, leading authorities to believe others had access to his social media, but a copy was uncovered by a private investigator hired by Davis’s family and posted by the Mail Online.
Davis was last seen on October 29 outside the Old Irish Pub in Barcelona. He had been staying with a close friend on the nearby island of Ibiza, but suddenly departed the island on a ferry with only a small backpack and minimal clothing and money. He went missing three hours after arriving on the mainland.
“My name is Levi Davis and my life is in danger,” the rugby player, TV personality, and budding music star said to open the video. “I beg that you listen and try to understand what I’m telling you.”
In the video, the 24-year-old winger and reality TV celebrity said his problems began not long after his 2019 appearance on the U.K.’s X Factor when he fell prey to criminal elements who gave him drugs and filmed him in compromising sex acts. The Spanish-language La Vanguardia last month reported Davis had been leading an extravagant lifestyle and run up a debt of over $100,000 to local Somali organized crime gangs in the U.K.
“Davis came to Barcelona fleeing from [the Somali mafia],” an anonymous source on the private investigation team told La Vanguardia “He had adopted a frenzied lifestyle and was in a very delicate situation.”
The source also told La Vanguardia Davis was convinced the group was following him and had tried to poison him on at least one occasion.
In the video, Davis claimed his agent told him it was best for him to resign from his rugby team because it appeared they were preparing to fire him, and that information from his interview with police ended up in the hands of his blackmailers.
“The information I gave to police went directly back to these individuals,” he said in the video.
Davis also claimed that confidential information from his medical records was leaked by the NHS, and that he was not the first person to be blackmailed by the group.
“I also understand I’m not the only one this is happening to,” he said ominously.
Davis painted a frightening picture of his recent life, not knowing who to trust.
“What I wish you to understand with organized crime is that it is not one person,” he said in the black and white video. “It’s an aggregate of people. People you do not know. People that get into your lives through whatever means possible.”
Investigators have few leads to go on at the moment. Davis’s passport was found in Barcelona, leading some to suspect he was the man reportedly seen drowning around the time he disappeared. However, an investigator from Line of Inquiry, the private investigative team hired by the family, told the Mail Online they have reason to believe Davis did not drown.
Another possible lead is that Davis was lured to Barcelona. Investigators told La Vanguardia Davis was going to meet a person he met via social media who claimed to have information on the case.
“Perhaps it was nothing more than bait offered by the mafia who were looking for him,” the investigator speculated. “We can't rule out any hypothesis.”