Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic donor and political activist, was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who suffered an overdose at Buck's West Hollywood apartment last week. Buck is charged with three counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, officials said in a news release.
Buck is known as an animal-rights and LGBTQ activist who has donated to Democratic politicians, is a friend of the Clintons and once ran for West Hollywood City Council. But past incidents strikingly similar to Wednesday's overdose have put Buck at the center of investigations.
This most recent incident marks the third known time a man suffered a methamphetamine overdose at Buck's West Hollywood apartment. The previous two victims did not survive. A LA County DA Office news release called Buck's apartment a "drug den."
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's investigation uncovered hundreds of photographs taken in Buck's apartment of men in compromising positions, court records say.
"The full scope of his consistent malicious behavior is unknown," prosecutors said in a bail motion. "It is only a matter of time before another one of these vulnerable young men dies of an overdose."
Prosecutors are recommending Buck's bail be set at $4 million. He is due in court Wednesday.
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