A dead male escort was found in the home of a high-profile millionaire political donor, with drugs and paraphernalia everywhere, and yet no one was charged!
Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama, both of whom received donations from West Hollywood’s Ed Buck, have not responded to inquiries about the case
The mayor of Los Angeles, three members of Congress, two Congressional candidates, and the Los Angeles district attorney have all returned or given away their donations from Ed Buck, 63, a West Hollywood resident who has given more than $500,000 to Democratic candidates and groups in recent years.
Buck is now the subject of an investigation into the death of Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old male escort who was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose at Buck’s West Hollywood, Calif. home on July 27.
The apartment was littered with drug paraphernalia, according to Moore’s autopsy report. Paramedics found Moore naked on a mattress in the living room with a “male pornography movie playing on the television,” the report states, also noting that it was Buck who called 911.
It’s a case that has somehow eluded the national media spotlight on incidents of sexual misconduct and racial injustice.
Gimmel Moore had flown from Houston to Los Angeles the day he died, according to coroner’s investigators. His mother has told The L.A. Times that Buck purchased the airplane ticket.
No criminal charges were filed at the time and, as Jasmyne Cannick writes, Moore’s death was at first “explained away and classified as an accidental meth overdose by the Los Angeles County Coroner. It was only when excerpts from Moore’s personal journal were published as well as various accounts from additional victims did the [West Hollywood] sheriff’s department decide–albeit weeks too late and most likely after any and all evidence is Buck’s apartment has been removed–to reexamine his death.”
A number of black male sex workers have stepped forward with apparent photographic evidence that Buck was one of their clients. Each one separately told the same story: Not only did Buck have a fetish for black men, but he was known in West Hollywood’s gay community as someone paying top dollar for the company of 20-something black escorts . . .
But only after injecting them with drugs.
In his journal, Moore wrote, “I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” a December entry reads. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.”
His last entry, dated Dec. 3, 2016 reads: “If it didn’t hurt so bad, I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”
“If there was ever anybody in West Hollywood whose bed you expected a dead body to turn up in, it was Ed Buck.” —former West Hollywood Councilman Steve Martin
Buck’s own congressman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who received $2,700 in 2016, told Fox News through a spokesperson that he donated the full amount to the Trevor Project—a nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth nationwide.
Schiff’s press office would not confirm precisely when he made the donation to the Trevor Project. “The death of Gemmel Moore is deeply tragic,” Emilie Simons, spokesperson for Schiff, told Fox News in a recent statement.
According to coroner’s report, an investigator found the following items in Buck’s two-bedroom apartment: 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a “piece of crystal-like substance.”
The Buck stops in WeHo
According to the profile in WeHoville, it was after arrests on narcotics and public indecency charges that Ed Buck moved from Arizona to West Hollywood.
In West Hollywood, Buck became a major political backer. He helped Democrat John D’Amico win a seat on the West Hollywood City Council and pushed for the nation’s first ban on the sale of fur products. You know, fur is murder…
Although donations to political action committees don’t have to be disclosed, Buck gave $2,700—the maximum amount possible—to the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2015, followed by more money the following year. Available online sources show he has donated more than $250 million to Democratic candidates.
The official website for the Justice 4 Gemmel Moore + All of Ed Buck’s Victims Coalition:
I never felt more satisfied or optimistic than when I rode the river in my youth.