LOS ANGELES A black member of Congress on Wednesday called it
"incomprehensible" that after the overdose deaths of two African
American men at the apartment of wealthy and influential Los
Angeles area gay activist Edward Buck, a third man nearly died
there before authorities arrested Buck.
The men died in 2017 and early 2019 but Buck skirted charges
until prosecutors announced his arrest late Tuesday after the
latest overdose victim escaped Buck's West Hollywood home
despite what officials called efforts by Buck to prevent him
"It's incomprehensible to me that it took a third black gay man
to be attacked and almost die to finally dissolve the
unconscionable apathy that has allowed Ed Buck, a racist sexual
predator, to roam free," said Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass,
whose district lies just south of West Hollywood. "Everyone knew
that he preyed on young black men. ... The inaction in response
had a message was loud and clear: Black gay lives obviously
In court documents, authorities said Buck used his position of
power to manipulate male victims into participating in sexual
fetishes that involved injecting them with methamphetamine,
adding that he "has no regard for human life."
Buck was charged with operating a drug house, furnishing
methamphetamine and with battery causing serious bodily injury.
He was awaiting arraignment. Messages to his attorney, Seymour
Amster, were not immediately returned.
Buck, 65, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California
candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well
known in LGBTQ political circles.
Buck remained in custody Wednesday and prosecutors argued in
court documents that he should be held on $4 million bail
because he is a "violent, dangerous sexual predator" who offered
drugs, money and shelter to mainly addicted and homeless men in
exchange for participating in sexual fetishes. One fetish
involved administering dangerous doses of drugs, the documents
Buck came under investigation in January after 55-year-old
Timothy Dean was found dead of an accidental methamphetamine
overdose in his apartment. In July 2017, Gemmel Moore, 26, also
died from a methamphetamine overdose at Buck's home.
Both men were black. Buck, who is white, was not charged and
critics later questioned if wealth, race or political ties
influenced the investigation.
Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, "is relieved that Ed Buck is no
longer on the streets and free to continue harming black men,"
her lawyer, Hussain Turk, said Wednesday.
"She is also disappointed that the county's criminal charges
against Ed Buck do not include charges for homicide," Turk said.
The investigation into the deaths continues, county district
attorney's spokesman Greg Risling said.
Buck's attorney, Amster, had said Dean came to Buck's home under
the influence and did not ingest any drugs while there.
But prosecutors in court documents blamed Buck's actions for the
two deaths and alleged he personally gave a dangerous dose of
methamphetamine to an unnamed man who survived an overdose
earlier this month.
On Sept. 11, the man returned and Buck injected him with two
more dangerous doses, refused to help him and "thwarted" his
efforts to get help until the man fled the apartment and called
911 from a gas station, prosecutors alleged.
"His deadly behavior has not stopped," prosecutors said in the
Buck's "predatory acts and willful disregard for human life must
be stopped before another life is lost," the documents said.
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