Influential Democratic donor Ed Buck was brought into custody on Tuesday after authorities say a man barely survived a methamphetamine overdose at Buck's West Hollywood home.
This isn't the first time Buck's name and apartment have been linked to drug deaths: Two men, Timothy Dean and Gemmel Moore, reportedly died of meth overdoses in Buck's home in the past two years.
The 65-year-old politically connected man now faces charges of running a “drug house," according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
In court documents filed on Tuesday, prosecutors paint Buck as a sexual predator whose "disregard for human life must be stopped."
“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes," says Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office in a bail recommendation motion obtained by Oxygen.com. “These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims. … Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week.”
The 37-year-old victim, described in the motion as "Joe Doe," was allegedly in Buck's apartment on Sept. 4, when prosecutors say Buck "personally and deliberately administered a dangerously large dose of methamphetamine to Joe Doe."
The man apparently left and sought help fearing he was experiencing an overdose.
But just days later, it happened again, the motion claims.
On Sept. 11, the document alleges, Buck again "shockingly... personally and intentionally injected two dangerously large doses" of the drug, causing the man to seek help at a gas station where 911 was called and he was transported to a hospital.
In the second alleged overdose of Joe Doe, the motions blames Buck, claiming he refused "to render aid to Doe, but rather thwarted [his] attempts to get help."
When investigators searched Buck's apartment, they allegedly found hypodermic needles in a tool box as well as "five glass narcotics smoking pipes, methamphetamine," and some sex toys, the motion document details.
Buck was charged with battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug house, prosecutors confirmed.
Hussain Turk, the attorney who represents Moore's mother and two of Dean's sisters, was unmoved by the arrest.
"I think it's definitely too late in the sense that it should not have taken this many overdoses," Turk told Oxygen.com.
Turk is one of two attorneys who filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court back in February on behalf of Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, alleging Buck committed wrongful death and civil rights violations, according to Los Angeles station NBC 4. The suit was was later moved to Los Angeles federal court.
Turk is concerned that homicide charges weren't brought and is claiming other people have come forward alleging they were drugged at Buck's home.
"I personally have escorted other victims to the [L.A. County] Sheriff's Department who have described other encounters at Mr. Buck's home, and being forcibly injected with drugs," he said. "They didn't do anything… They don't take seriously the complaints made by black gay males of sexual and drug crimes."
Last January, Dean, 55, was discovered dead at Buck’s apartment. The coroner later determined the death's cause to be a methamphetamine overdose.
Back then, Buck’s attorney claimed that Dean arrived to the apartment already high on drugs.
“From what I know, it was an old friend who died of an accidental overdose, and unfortunately, we believe that the substance was ingested at some place other than the apartment,” Buck’s attorney told The Los Angeles Times.
In July 2017, 26-year-old Moore was also found at Buck’s place suffering the same fate, according to KABC.
But Buck wasn’t charged for either deaths.
In the documents filed in court, prosecutors appeared to put both mens' drug overdose deaths front and center.
"Buck's aggressive and malevolent behavior led to the death of two men in Buck's apartment, Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean," the papers say. "Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week."
If convicted, Buck could face a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison, reports NPR.
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