WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that they have filed charges against prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck in connection with the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore at his West Hollywood apartment.
Buck, 65, has been charged with providing methamphetamine to a victim who died after receiving the drug intravenously, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
An affidavit outlines what U.S. District Attorney Nicola Hanna described as a “disturbing” pattern in which he said Buck would offer money and drugs in exchange for sex at his West Hollywood residence.
The defendant is accused of providing the meth that resulted in the overdose of Moore, who was 26 when he died on July 27, 2017. His death was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
The criminal complaint also alleges another man also died from a drug overdose at Buck’s apartment earlier this year.
Though neither the complaint nor federal officials identified the victim, the date given -- Jan. 7 -- matches up to when 55-year-old Timothy Dean suffered a fatal overdose at the residence.
No one called 911 until at least 15 minutes after Dean died, according to the autopsy report. His death was ruled an accident, and the cause was listed as methamphetamine and alcohol toxicity.
Despite the second overdose death at his home, the political activist continued soliciting men in exchange for sex.