Political donor and activist Ed Buck has been hit with a federal charge of the fatal overdose of a man in his home during sex.
The U.S. attorney’s office accused Buck, 65, of injecting Gemmel Moore, 26, with a deadly shot of methamphetamine at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment on July 2017.
Moore died in Buck’s home, which was reportedly littered with drug paraphernalia, including 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a “piece of crystal-like substance,” according to the coroner’s report.
Moore’s mother later filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Mr. Buck, saying that he had a “well-documented history of isolating black men for predatory sexual encounters,” including administering drugs to them and then watching them “cling to life.”
Prosecutors last summer declined to file charges against Buck regarding Moore’s death, citing insufficient evidence, according to court records. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the “admissible evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect Buck furnished drugs to Gemmel Moore or that suspect Buck possessed drugs.”
In January, Timothy Dean, 55, also died of an overdose in Buck's home. His death was ruled accidental.
"Sheriff's homicide investigators are continuing their investigation into the death of Timothy Dean," department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said per the L.A. Times. Dean, a West Hollywood resident, worked as a fashion consultant at Saks Fifth Avenue's death came as a shock to his loved ones as he was not known to partake in any drugs.