The family of a man found dead in Ed Buck’s home two years ago are accusing the prominent Democratic donor of revenge porn and human trafficking in a new court filing, local outlets reported.
Relatives of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore — who was found dead of a drug overdose in Buck’s Los Angeles home June 27, 2017 — filed a wrongful death suit against the political activist earlier this year and amended it recently with the new claims.
The amended complaint alleges that Buck “regularly solicits sex from black men in exchange for temporary housing and/or monetary compensation,” CBS Los Angeles reported Monday.
“Information we received from other victims of Ed Buck that Ed Buck loves to take pictures of these young men, loves to take videos of them in their inebriated state,” said Jasmyne Cannick, an advocate for the Moore family.
The filing accuses Buck of sharing videos of his alleged “meth-fueled sexual encounters” with Moore.
According to the complaint, filed in LA Superior Court, Buck also “knowingly utilized interstate commerce” for the purpose of getting Moore from Texas to Southern California “for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts,” NBC4 reported.
“Gemmel Moore at the time was 26 years old and Ed Buck flew him here from Texas,” Cannick said. “And within 24 hours, he died of a crystal meth overdose.”
A second man, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, was also found dead of an accidental meth overdose at Buck’s home in January. Buck’s attorney has said that Dean arrived at the apartment already under the influence of drugs.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ruled Dean’s death accidental.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges in the Moore case, citing insufficient evidence that Buck supplied Moore with drugs.
“I just think they don’t care,” Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, told NBC4.
The DA’s office declined to comment.
Attorneys for Buck said in a statement that they “plan on fighting these allegations vigorously in court.”