Another allegation has come forward that West Hollywood political donor and activist Ed Buck hired young African-American men to do illegal drugs in his Laurel Avenue apartment.
Jasmyne Cannick, a black communications and public affairs strategist, published the allegation with photos online today. Cannick earlier had published photos of pages from the journal of Gemmel Moore, 26, the young man found dead from drug use in Buck’s apartment last month. The L.A. County Coroner’s office originally ruled the death was an accident caused by the use of methamphetamine. Reporting by Cannick and others has prompted the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to open an investigation into Moore’s death.
Cannick, who shared today’s story with WEHOville, has interviewed other young black men who said that Buck paid them to do drugs with him. Her story today features an interview with a young man for whom she uses the pseudonym “Blake.” Cannick reports that Blake said he got $300 from Buck in exchange for spending three hours with him doing drugs on their first encounter. In Cannick’s story, Blake alleges that Buck also had injected him with methamphetamine, a practice that users of the dangerous drug call “slamming.” On one occasion, Blake said, Buck paid him $500 to inject the drug.
Blake said he hooked up with Buck because he was homeless and needed money. He also claimed that Buck denigrated him by calling him “nigger.”
Members of Moore’s family and black activists came together Friday at a vigil for Moore in West Hollywood. Speakers at the vigil denounced what they described as racism in the gay community, citing the initial decision not to investigate Buck, who is a well-off white man in his 60s, in Moore’s death.
Buck has not responded to requests for comment from WEHOville. However, his lawyer, Seymour Amster, said in an earlier statement that Buck said had nothing to do with Moore’s death.
“It is unfortunate that the sheriff’s department is reacting to unsubstantiated allegations,” Amster said. “This is a tragedy, not a crime. He had no involvement in Gemmel Moore’s death. Unfortunately, he opened his home to an individual who was troubled.”
“Whatever Moore did, Mr. Buck was not around when he did it. He was in the apartment at the time of his death. We’re not sure where Mr. Moore took whatever he took to cause the overdose.”
Buck is known for his successful promotion of a fur ban in West Hollywood, for his promotion of John D’Amico’s successful first run for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council and his donations to local, state and national Democratic Party candidates including Hillary Clinton.
Mike Bonin, an L.A. City Council member, said at the Friday vigil that he would press for an investigation into Buck’s possible involvement in Moore’s death. To date, no members of the West Hollywood City Council have spoken out about the allegations against Buck. However the Stonewall Democratic Club’s Los Angeles chapter did ask that Buck resign from its steering committee.
This sounds like the Bill Cosby of the animal rights community. No one will believe it until more victims come forward. FYI, people blaming the victim are callous AF. He had a family. He was someone’s son. This is a tragedy. Condolences to his mother who is grieving right now.
You know what DS, your dialog intimating that I had reduced people to ice cream and that it is a foundation for racism is such inflammatory nonsense, I can only imagine that you are one heck of an angry person – read the rest of the note. I come from a family of freedom fighters and our collective stands against any and all bias ended in my mom’s life as the head of fair housing during the Clinton admin – her boss was Roberta Achtenberg, the first openly lesbian cabinet member in history. During her tenure, she helped her secretary… Read more »
Hey, Anon. It’s definitely odd for someone to say the N word.. and I’m unsure of why that would even be on his mind to come out especially since he seemingly has a fetish for young poor, desperate black men. Because notice that he needed ALL of those things for his trysts. These weren’t strong, educated, well-off black men.. these were desperate and vulnerable ones. Yeah, the guy needs help. We all see that. But needing help doesn’t excuse evil behavior and taking advantage of others for your own sick pleasure. I’m willing to bet that the two of these… Read more »
If these allegations are proved to be true, the guy needs more than help. He needs a jail cell where he can cuddle up to Bubba. NOTE: Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I’m WAITING!!!, Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department!
Your personal responsibility meme of “not yielding to ‘temptation'” sounds like self-flagellation, to me.
Buck attorney stated: “Unsubstantiated”. Well, duh!!! That may change after investigation. Typical attorney-speak. As for Anon saying guy needs help, well, has anyone ever heard of personal responsibility…not yielding to “temptation”?
Comparing human beings to “ice cream flavors” is pretty disturbing and the foundation for racism. If you want to do better, then rather than talk about “preference” for skin color or race — don’t and just live your life and stop fetishizing or cataloging people based on that attribute like 99.9% of people don’t for hair color, dominant hand, etc visible traits that are irrelevant in courtship. It seems appropriate that the sheriff’s would have classified the death as an accident. It does seem as if this situation was a “slamming sex booty call” gone bad and the victim clearly… Read more »
I was attacked by Buck in a dog park and that had nothing to do with ice cream flavors. He is naturally hateful and sarcastic. I have the police report plus the TRO court documents. I won a TRO against Buck.
I want to know who took that picture?
I am white. I have been to Mr. Buck’s home and drugs were involved – not mine. I will stop there as it was a while ago, and I just want to take the racist piece out of the picture. People have preferences as far as sexual partners go, usually based on the fantasies we developed as young men. Mine were for white men. That doesn’t mean I am in any way prejudiced against anyone. It’s like preferring one ice cream flavor over another, it isn’t about what color they are. I don’t scorn others who like other flavors better… Read more »