People were rightfully suspicious about Democratic donor Ed Buck after two Black men died of drug overdoses in his West Hollywood home within 18 months. Protestors called for an investigation into the LGBTQ activist, but he was never charged with anything.
Now that a third man has reportedly suffered an overdose inside Buck’s residence, authorities arrested him Tuesday, claiming that he is “a violent, dangerous sexual predator,” ABC 7 LA reports. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office set his bail at $4 million.
Officials say Buck mainly “preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness.” According to the documents, Buck personally administered “dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims” and is “a predator with no regard for human life.”
Activists wanted Buck held accountable for the deaths of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore and 55-year-old Timothy Dean. Both Black gay men were found dead in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment less than two yeas apart.
The coroner ruled that both deaths were caused by methamphetamine overdoses and Buck was accused of supplying the men the drugs and forcing them to take it but he was never charged with anything following an investigation.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office said Tuesday that Buck, 65, has now been charged with operating a drug house and providing meth to another man who overdosed last week. That 37-year-old victim ended up surviving.
Buck was charged with one felony count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.
Authorities say he injected the victim with meth on September 11th at his home in West Hollywood. The man suffered an overdose but survived.
If he is convicted on all charges, he faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison.
Moore’s mother has a civil lawsuit for wrongful death pending against Buck, which also names Lacey for failing to prosecute his case.
Roommates, we’ll keep you updated on this one.