Last July, male escort Gemmel Moore (pictured above, right) died of a meth overdose at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck (pictured above, left with Hillary Clinton), a major Democratic donor and friend of Hillary Clinton. The Los Angeles coroner ruled it a suicide, but Moore’s family and friends are demanding more answers, claiming Buck is hiding the truth.
As we have previously reported, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled the death of Gemmel Moore, 26, an accidental meth overdose on July 27. The young man’s death reportedly occurred just hours after he left his family in Texas in order to join Buck.
While the manner of Gemmel Moore’s death was ruled an “accident” from “methamphetamine use,” the deceased man’s mother told the WeHo Times that something more nefarious may have occurred in the short hours between when her son hopped on a plane using a ticket she says was purchased by the well-connected Buck, and the moment he took his final breath.
Moore’s family believes Buck may have helped Moore overdose in an episode of partying gone wrong. Buck reportedly gave male prostitutes he was with a number of drugs. For Moore, it was a habit that killed him.
“I called one of my son’s friends and was like, ‘who the hell is Edward Buck?’” LaTisha Nixon said, speaking from her home in Spring, Texas during a phone interview. “And my son’s friend was like, ‘oh my God, that’s that white guy, that wealthy white politician guy… he was like ‘oh my God…’”
Buck came to Southern California from Arizona several years ago and gained a reputation for making generous donations to the California and L.A. County Democratic Party and chair of Stonewall Democratic Club’s Political Affairs Committee.
There are reports, however, that Buck would encourage male escorts he was partying with to inject themselves with various drugs. Moore’s mother claims that before his death, her son said Buck even injected him with something against his will.
“My son filed a police report,” Nixon told WeHo Times. “…He filed a police report because he said that Buck had held him in his apartment or whatever and had shot him up with a needle with something he didn’t’ know what it was.
He called me crying. Three minutes on the phone hollering and I’m like ‘What the hell is going on?’ He said ‘this man, he shot me up with something I don’t even know what it is,’ and I’m like, my son is having a breakdown or episode. But he sent me pictures of his arm, his arm was red.”
According to Jasmyne Cannick, an advocate for Moore’s family, a number of other gay black men have claimed Buck would invite them to his house, then pay them several hundred dollars to take drugs.
Moore’s family has set up a website where people can come forward with information. “Gemmel deserves justice. What’s done in the dark always comes to the light,” Nixon told Fox News. “I’m happy Ed Buck got exposed for what he was doing.”
Seymour Amster (Buck’s lawyer) told Fox News that the two men were “friends” and that Buck was “legitimately trying to help” Moore.
“These are merely accusations. This situation has turned into an attack on Mr. Buck’s personal life,” Amster told Fox News.