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Watch: Mother of Black Gay Man Who Died in Gay Political Donor's Home Now Suing

by Kilian Melloy
Thursday Feb 28, 2019
Ed Buck
Ed Buck  (Source:AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Political donor Ed Buck — in whose West Hollywood home two gay men have died, one in the summer of 2017 and one just last month — is now being sued by the mother of one of those men, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The suit was filed Feb. 26 by LaTisha Nixon, the mother of Gemmel Moore. The suit alleges that Buck injected Moore with crystal meth, a claim that Moore himself seemingly made in his journal before his death in July 2017.

Moreover, the suit alleges that Buck preyed upon younger African-American men, calling him "a wealthy older white man who has a well-documented history of isolating black men for predatory sexual encounters during which he injects them with crystal methamphetamine in the confines of a drug den in his West Hollywood apartment."

The suit also names the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, as well as Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum, for what Nixon's lawyer, Hussain Turk, called a "failure to act" on Moore's death. Turk's statement also blasted Lacey and Hum as having "consistently failed the black community" through a "misapplication of criminal justice," the LA Times reported.

Turk declared that had a "blond-haired, blue-eyed white man" similarly perished in the home of an African American, "he'd be lucky to even make it to the police station alive."

Seymour Amster, the lawyer for Ed Buck, fired back, telling ABC News, "On behalf of Mr. Buck we categorically deny all allegations of wrongdoing and look forward to litigating this matter in a court of law."

Buck is known as a well-connected donor to Democratic politicians. The LA Times reported that over the last decade he has donated more than half a million dollars to many Democratic candidates, Lacey among them.

As reported last month here at EDGE, local news sources noted that after Moore's death authorities found bags of what was thought to be drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia at Buck's home, but decided not to pursue prosecution, citing a lack of evidence.

Moore's death "sparked a protest about its handling by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and about the reaction to the incident by Democratic Party politicians," reported Wehoville.

The second, more recent death — reportedly of a black man in his 50s who passed away at Buck's home on January 7 — galvanized critics once again, reported UK newspaper the Daily Mail. One such critic, Jasmyne Cannick, declared that authorities had "blood on their hands" in the most recent incident, the Daily Mail reported.

"'This was preventable," the Daily Mail quoted Cannick as saying. "We knew he hadn't stopped, that it was only a matter of time before this happened again. And now it's only a matter of time before it happens a third time if he's not stopped."

Earlier this month, Buck curtly dismissed two reporters who sought answers about the deaths, telling them to "Get a job, get a life."

Watch the ABC News report below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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