Ed Buck, a political activist and Democrat mega donor, was charged with nine felony counts in a lawsuit concerning his involvement in two deaths.
In 2019, Buck was charged with operating a ‘drug den’ in his West Hollywood home, following a 2017 lawsuit initiated by the mother of a man who died in Buck’s house. In total, three black LGBTQ+ men overdosed in Buck’s care, two being fatal incidents. A statement from the DOJ reads, “He exploited the wealth and power balance between them by offering his victims money to use drugs and to let Buck inject them with narcotics.”
The statement continues to suggest, “Buck exerted power and control over his victims, typically targeting individuals who were destitute, homeless or struggling with drug addiction.” According to the DOJ Buck gave his guests more drugs than expected and allegedly injected them while they were unconscious.
In total, Buck was charged with nine counts: distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four distribution of methamphetamine, one of maintaining drug-involved premises, and two of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution.
Buck’s criminal involvement in the West Hollywood drug and LGBTQ+ scene created controversy regarding his role in the Democratic party. Over the last decade, Buck has donated tens of thousands of dollars to top candidates and PACs including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and former President Obama.
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