Ed Buck, right, with Hillary Clinton
A man died early Monday at the West Hollywood home of a prominent Democratic donor, Ed Buck, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News — 17 months after a male escort died in the same apartment.
Lawyer Seymour Amster told Fox News the unidentified victim was of an “old friend” of Buck, and said that the two had known each other for 25 years. Amster said that the victim “a guide for [Bok] help” Sunday night and began to act “in a bizarre way” after he arrived at Buck’s apartment.
“What concerns us is this an accidental death,” said Amster, who added that the police had released the scene, and Buck was not arrested.
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Buck, a well known figure in the LGBT political circles, has more than $500,000 in a series of Democratic groups and candidates — including former President Barack Obama, Secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In July of last year, prosecutors declined to file charges against the Buck in the death of Gemmel Moore, a male escort whose body was found in Buck’s apartment in July 2017. According to a coroner’s report, Buck’s apartment was the highlight of drug paraphernalia, including 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.
Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment on 27 July 2017.
Moore’s death was initially ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’ s Office reopened the investigation after writings in Moore’s journal involved Buck in his drug use.
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In December 2016 entry, Moore wrote: “I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst. Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth, it was very painful, but after all the problems, I became addicted…”
“If it were not so painfully bad, I would kill myself, but I let the Ed Buck do it for now,” wrote Moore’s last entry, dated Dec. 3, 2016.
At the moment, Amster told Fox News that the investigation into Moore’s death had “turned into an attack on Mr. Buck’s personal life.”
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“This was an accidental overdose that Ed Buck had nothing to do and it is a tragedy,” Amster told Fox News after the prosecutors declined to file charges.
After Fox News reported on the study, at least six Democrats in California and Arizona confirmed that they had returned or redirected donations of Buck.