New Charges Against Democratic Donor Ed Buck

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday August 5, 2020

Ed Buck
Ed Buck  (Source:Damian Dovarganes / AP file)

NBC reports that Ed Buck, who has made donations to the campaigns of several Democratic politicians, is now facing new charges including "allegations of luring men across state lines for the purpose of prostitution."

Buck had previously been charged with distribution of methamphetamine, allegedly injecting men with and without their consent, sometimes while they were unconscious. Among other incidents, a male escort alleged that Buck had plied him with a drink that left him passed out on the floor; regaining consciousness, the escort said Buck "was approaching him with two syringes loaded with meth and he made an excuse to leave the apartment."

Two men died in Buck's West Hollywood apartment from overdose deaths — Gemmel Moore on July 27, 2017 and Timothy Dean on January 7, 2019 — while another man overdosed and survived in September. A month later, Buck pleaded "not guilty to federal drug charges in the overdose deaths" of the two deceased men. Buck was also charged at the time for providing meth to three others, including the man who overdosed and survived.

According to the NBC report, the U.S. Attorney's office said "the four new counts each carry maximum sentences of 60 years."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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