Democratic Political Donor Faces US Charge in Overdose Death

Carla Harmon
September 20, 2019

Well-known Democratic donor Ed Buck will face federal charges in the 2017 overdose death of a homeless man at his West Hollywood home, according to a new report.

The official with knowledge of the investigation said Thursday that Buck will be charged with distributing meth resulting in the death of Gemmel Moore.

"It's incomprehensible to me that it took a third black gay man to be attacked and nearly die to finally dissolve the unconscionable apathy that has allowed Ed Buck, a racist sexual predator, to roam free", said Bass, whose district adjoins Buck's home neighborhood of West Hollywood.

Buck's arrest came after months of public scrutiny, following two men's fatal overdoses inside his home.

Los Angeles County prosecutors made it clear in court documents that Buck was considered a suspect in both deaths.

Buck was set to be arraigned Thursday but the judge, Francis Bennett II, delayed the case until October 11. Prosecutors allege Buck provided the meth that killed two men who were found in his apartment in 2017 and this January. The man, identified in the affidavit as victim 6, said Buck insisted on injecting prostitutes and would reject them without pay if they refused, Mundell wrote.

State prosecutors described Buck as a "violent, risky sexual predator" who offered drugs, money and shelter to mainly addicted and homeless men in exchange for participating in sexual fetishes.

If convicted of the federal charge, Buck could receive a sentence of life without parole; the crime carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years.

Last January, Dean, 55, was discovered dead at Buck's apartment. Moore's death was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose, the Department of Medical Examiner- Coroner's website says.

Both men were black.

However, Timothy Dean is not the only individual to have overdosed in Buck's residence.

"Buck told Victim 5 that it was not gratifying for him if Victim 5 did not ingest methamphetamine", the complaint said.

Seymour Amster, Buck's lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Latisha Nixon provided this undated photo of her and her son, Gemmel Moore.

After Buck's appearance in Superior Court Thursday morning, Amster said, "We will fight this case vigorously, but I'm not so sure legitimately that there was ever enough evidence to ever cause this (state) case to be filed until recently". "These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims".

'Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, ' the memo claims, 'the defendant almost killed a third victim last week.

The man is alleged to have returned to Buck's apartment a week later on September 11.

"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes", says Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office in a bail recommendation motion obtained by

Buck's "predatory acts and willful disregard for human life must be stopped before another life is lost", the documents said. All have donated contributions to charities in the wake of the allegations against Buck, CBS Los Angeles has reported.

The lawsuit accuses him of wrongful death, sexual battery and assault and says he was not prosecuted "because he is white, and because Mr. Moore was Black".

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