The mother of a gay escort found dead at the home of Democrat donor Ed Buck has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Gemmel Moore died on 27 July, 2017 after a methamphetamine overdose.
Authorities ultimately ruled the death an accident and did not charge Buck.
But, his mother LaTisha Nixon, says Moore’s journal reveals how Buck got her son addicted to crystal meth (methamphetamine) by injecting him.
Buck, an LGBTI activist and Democratic donor, lives in West Hollywood, California.
Nixon filed a lawsuit against Buck, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, the assistant district attorney and others, according to NBC.
The 24-page lawsuit accuses Buck of wrongful death, sexual battery, assault, battery, negligence, civil rights violation, hate violence and drug dealer liability.
‘[Buck] 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 lawsuit claims, according to NBC.
On Tuesday, Nixon and other activists handed a petition with 30,000 signatures demanding LA authorities reopen the case.
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According to NBC, Buck denies the allegations of wrongdoings.
Timothy Dean, a 55-year-old ex porn star, became the second black man to be found dead at Buck’s home in 18 months in January.
Police found Dean dead in Buck’s home in the early hours of 7 January after responding to a 911 call.
Buck’s attorney said Dean was already intoxicated when he arrived at Buck’s home. Police are still investigating.
The scandal led to protests. Politicians also promised to donate to charity funds given by Buck.
Authorities found Moore in Buck’s home in July 2017. He was naked on a mattress with a ‘male pornography movie playing on the television’, according to the coroner’s report.
Police also found sex toys, syringes, and ‘clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine’ in the residence.
The report further detailed that Moore arrived at a male friend’s house at 6:45 pm. The male friend’s name was redacted.
As the report progressed, it stated the male friend witnessed Moore becoming warm and unresponsive. The male friend alerted a neighbor with ‘medical knowledge’ and called 911.
Authorities ultimately ruled the death an accident.
Nixon and other activists, however, suspected the ruling. They wondered whether Buck’s wealth and political ties influenced the conclusion.
The LA Times reviewed a journal found in Moore’s possession.
‘Ed Buck is the one to thank,’ he allegedly wrote. ‘He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.’
The story of Ed Buck
Buck, who came out as a teenager, has long advocated for LGBTI causes.
Federal election records also show Buck has donated more than $53,000 to Democratic candidates and campaigns since 2008.
He first gained prominence in the 1980s when he led an effort to impeach Arizona Governor Evan Mecham.
Following Moore’s death, Buck resigned from the steering committee of the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Los Angeles LGBTI political group.
Police said they would look into Moore’s death again during the investigation of this second death.
Author: Rik Glauert
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