A federal grand jury has added a further four charges to former prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck’s rap sheet.
The four additional counts include a charge alleging that Buck knowingly enticed 26-year-old Gemmel Moore to travel to the Los Angeles area to engage in prostitution.
He is also alleged to have provided crystal meth to Moore, who then overdosed on the drug and died in the donor’s apartment in July 2017.
Gemmel Moore was found dead inside Buck’s Los Angeles.
Ed Buck (pictured) told investigators he performed CPR on Timothy Dean for 15 minutes before calling the emergency services
LaTisha Nixon, pictured with her son Gemmel Moore. She filed a lawsuit is seeking damages from Buck over his death in 2017
The LA Sheriff’s Department opened a homicide investigation, but a year later the District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, declined to file charges against Buck in relation to Moore’s death due to insufficient evidence.
Buck was hit with a wrongful death lawsuit by Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon in February 2019 which could provide some insight into the new federal charges that have been brought in the case.
The lawsuit claimed that Buck bought Moore a plane ticket from Houston to visit him at his apartment in July 2017, and that just hours after he landed, Moore was dead.
Gemmel Moore, 26, (left) was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose in July 2017
Police found the apartment ‘littered with multiple syringes with brown residue, a scale, several lighters and torches, a straw with white residue, glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance,’ legal papers say.
The documents claimed Buck had ‘previously solicited sex’ from Moore ‘would insist upon injecting Mr Moore with crystal methamphetamine’ then forced him to watch hardcore gay pornography.
Buck has also been charged with another count of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution.
Timothy Dean, 55 was found dead of an overdose at Buck’s apartment 18 months later in January 2019
Less than eighteen months later, Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead at Buck’s West Hollywood home in January 2019 from a meth overdose.
The new indictment which includes the four additional felonies also charges Buck of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine, and another count of using his home for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as methamphetamine and the sedatives gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.
Buck, 65, was arrested in September after being charged with providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously.
In a five-count indictment it is alleged Buck ‘engaged in a pattern of soliciting men to consume drugs that Buck provided and perform sexual acts at Buck’s apartment.’
Buck is alleged to have used social media to solicit victims including a gay dating website. He is also alleged to have used a recruiter to scout and proposition men.
Federal prosecutors say Buck preyed on vulnerable gay men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual. Buck is also charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed.
Buck is now facing a total of nine federal charges in addition to those filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office that includes allegations he was operating a drug house.
Each of the federal charges that allege the distribution of narcotics resulting in death carry mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life without parole, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The four new charges alone carry a statutory maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison.
Buck is currently held custody without bond until his expected trial date in January 2021.
Buck ran unsuccessfully in 2007 for City Council in West Hollywood, which is known for its large LGBTQ community. He has donated at least $500,000 to Democratic campaigns and causes over many years.
A former model and actor, he also donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid.
Campaigners were pictured calling for the arrest Ed Buck outside his West Hollywood home in January 2019
Buck pictured with Hillary Clinton. The former model and actor has made more than $500,000 in political donations to both local politicians and national campaigns including Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid