Democratic donor Ed Buck indicted in drug overdose deaths of two men

The original federal complaint this month included allegations from nine people who said Buck either administered drugs to them or strongly encouraged them to ingest drugs in exchange for sex. Witnesses said Buck gave Moore drugs and money in exchange for engaging in sexual activities, the complaint said.

Buck had skirted charges in the deaths of Moore and Dean until prosecutors announced his arrest after the most recent overdose victim escaped his home this month.

“It’s incomprehensible to me that it took a third black gay man to be attacked and almost die to finally dissolve the unconscionable apathy that has allowed Ed Buck, a racist sexual predator, to roam free,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, whose district is near West Hollywood, said on Sept. 19.

“Everyone knew that he preyed on young black men,” Bass said. “The inaction in response had a message was loud and clear: Black gay lives obviously didn’t matter.”

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