Two South Florida models will not be prosecuted for their roles in twisted animal snuff films that depicted scantily clad and nude women torturing and killing fish and farm animals in order to appeal to one of pornography’s more bizarre fetishes.
Prosecutors Thursday dropped all charges against Stephanie Hird and Sara Zamora, who were arrested last month by investigators looking into so-called pornographic animal “crush” videos. The fetish actresses were accused of torturing and killing everything from cuddly bunnies to rats, all “for the sexual gratification of [their] viewers.”
“What’s that? Don’t kill you? Hahahaha. That’s not gonna happen,” Hird says in one video before she squishes a minnow between her fingers.
While investigators say the proof the Miami models tortured and killed animals is clear to see, there was a major problem with their case: The videos were filmed so long ago that prosecutors said the crimes could not be punished.
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“This was not a case that could be prosecuted,” Lody Jean, Hird’s attorney, told the Miami Herald. “It’s always been our position that the statute of limitations had run.”
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, the group that brought the videos to the attention of Miami-Dade police, responded to news by saying Hird and Zamora got off on “a technicality.”
In video clips posted on the site SOSBarn.com, police said Zamora, who went by the alias Gloria Shynez, karate-chopped screaming bunnies and mutilated chickens, sometimes wearing sexy outfits or engaging in sex acts with men amid the carcasses of animals. Hird, according to a warrant, went by the name Megan Jones and shot rats with a pellet gun, beat a bunny rabbit and crushed fish with her hands and feet while talking to them about their impending doom.
Zamora said the videos were filmed 10 years ago. Even so, both actresses said after appearing in court that they had done nothing criminal, even if police said the videos showed them killing animals.
“The truth always comes out. I wasn’t guilty from the get-go,” said Hird, 29, who denied abusing animals. “Those were other models.”
Zamora, who police said used hedge clippers in one video to cut at the neck of a chicken while groping a man, told the Herald she and other young girls were manipulated by Adam Redford, the 57-year-old South Florida boat captain who allegedly produced the videos.
“You get there and have a 40-year-old man telling an 18-year-old girl something and then one-two-three it’s over and your life is ruined,” said Zamora, 28. “It’s not like these girls go there and say, ‘Yay! Let me kill an animal.’ It’s not like that at all.”
She added: “It’s something I can never take back. Unfortunately, these poor animals suffered, even though it’s just a chicken and rabbit.”
Redford was listed as a co-defendant in Zamora’s arrest affidavit, but a police spokeswoman said Miami-Dade officers allowed the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to deal with the “porn film producer,” who has a property in Estero, near Fort Myers. He was arrested by Lee County deputies in 2013 on one count of animal cruelty, and was placed on probation after an adjudication of guilt was withheld.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman would not say whether there was any pending case involving Redford, who did not return a voicemail left on his cellphone Thursday. Zamora declined to speak much about Redford.
But she said she was hard-up for cash 10 years ago and led by Redford to believe everything she was doing was legal. Instead, she said she was brought up on charges and has now been “humiliated” by the media.
“I have a 1-year-old daughter and she’s going to Google me one day and think that her mother is an animal — excuse my French — f---er-killer. And that’s not the case,” she said. “They exaggerated the story and the media humiliated me and my family.”