More details have emerged surrounding the drug den run by Democratic donor Ed Buck and his eerie sexual exploits with vulnerable black gay men. Following his recent arrest, it’s been reported that Buck had 10 other victims and one who he injected with a “tar-like substance”.
The 65-year-old predator was arrested last week and charged with one felony count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. His arrest came after two Black men died in his West Hollywood, California, home within 18 months of each other and another unidentified 37-year-old man overdosed inside his home on Sept. 11.
Details of Buck’s alleged activity have been revealed in a 22-page court document obtained by The Guardian. The documents detail one victim who fell asleep on Buck’s couch and was drugged. After going to the hospital the next day, the man was told that he had been drugged with a “tar-like substance.”
The complaint doc read, “Buck told Victim 5 that it was not gratifying for him if Victim 5 did not ingest methamphetamine.” Another victim who was homeless claimed Buck’s “role-playing and fantasy to inject people with methamphetamine. Buck assured him that it would be fine.” The wealthy Democratic donor “emptied an entire syringe in him.”
Another victim managed to escape after he claimed he was paralyzed with a tranquilizer. He says when he told Buck that he wanted to leave, Buck
“became frustrated and obtained a power saw from a closet, turned it on, and approached [the] Victim with it.”
An additional victim claimed Buck gave him a drink that he thought was vodka. after he fell asleep, he woke up to Buck injecting him with meth. He said he couldn’t move and felt “excruciating pain” in his anus. There were also metal clips attached to his nipples and he tried to escape, Buck allegedly laughed.
Buck first made media headlines last July after 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found dead in Buck’s home on July 27, 2017. Moore’s mother alleged that Buck “injected her son with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine,” CNN.com reported.
“The complaint describes Buck as a wealthy white man who ‘had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life.’ It 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.’”
Authorities initially reported Moore’s death as an accidental methamphetamine overdose. However, the Los Angeles Times reported that Moore wrote in a journal a few months before he died that he was using drugs and
“Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.”
23 few days before Moore’s death, an escort reported Buck for drugging Black men on July 4 of 2017, but nothing was done. After Moore died, Buck’s apartment was searched. Law enforcement allegedly
“found the following items in Buck’s two-bedroom apartment: 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a ‘piece of crystal-like substance.’”
However, Buck was still not taken into custody. Back in January 2019, 55-year-old Timothy Dean was found dead in Buck’s home. According to the Daily Beast, a coroner’s report claims Buck told the sheriff’s department that Dean had “bizarre behavior.”
“The witness [Buck] observed him using a piece of clothing to make a noose and tied it around his neck. The witness relays that he removed the ‘noose’ and the decedent then stood up and began throwing clothes up in the air.”
Buck claimed that he went to take a shower and when he returned, he found Dean lying there unresponsive.
“The witness reported that he did not see the decedent taking any drugs and they did not have sex,” according to the report.
Buck waited 15 minutes before he called 911. The coroner’s report also says Dean died on a living room floor on a mattress that was “littered with drug paraphernalia and sex toys.” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, a Black woman, has been criticized for not arresting Buck sooner.