The lawsuit of wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck has shown hundreds of graphic and filthy images and videos he took of the men he paid to smoke or inject meth while naked in his apartment for pleasure.
The footage was shown to jurors last week as the 66-year-old is on trial in California for providing the methamphetamine that killed two black men — Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, in his apartment 55-18 months apart. in West Hollywood. .
Buck is also accused of running a drug den in his apartment and persuading others to travel for prostitution.
According to prosecutors, Buck exploited vulnerable men — most of them black — by paying them to come to his house, use drugs, and then have sex to satisfy a fetish. They claimed that dozens of men had entered the “gates of hell” when they went to Buck’s apartment.
A number of witnesses have stated that Buck paid them to do drugs and to undress or dance in white underwear he bought for them during “party and play” sessions in the apartment.
Buck is accused of supplying the meth that killed two black men – Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55 – in his West Hollywood apartment
According to prosecutors, Buck exploited vulnerable men — most of them black — by paying them to come to his house, use drugs, and then have sex to satisfy a fetish. Buck is pictured above in a court sketch documenting some of the videos shown to the court
Some claim Buck sexually assaulted them while they passed out from too much drugs.
Homicide detectives testified that they found 1,500 videos of Buck’s computers and phones documenting these sessions.
Some of the videos shown to jurors during the trial are so graphic that U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder instructed prosecutors to be wary of traumatizing jurors.
The judge even noted, according to the LA Times, that at the end of the trial they may have to organize therapy for jurors.
The videos show the men, many who were frail or homeless, wearing black skull masks or military-style gas masks while smoking crystal meth.
“Look straight at the camera, open your nostrils and blow it out slowly,” Buck heard one of the men say in a video.
“If you add wide-eyed to that now, it would be a perfect shot.”
In other videos, Buck told the men to blow meth smoke through a plastic tube into their underwear.
A man testified that in September 2018 he fell asleep in the apartment after a session and woke up and Buck injected him with crystal meth.
Buck is accused of supplying the meth that killed two black men — Gemmel Moore, 26, (left) and Timothy Dean, 55 (right) — in his West Hollywood apartment 18 months apart
Prosecutors say dozens of men entered the ‘gates of hell’ when they went to Buck’s apartment in West Hollywood (pictured above)
Another man testified that Buck showered him with drugs so that he was “in a zombie-like state so he could do whatever he wanted to me.”
Prosecutors had previously told jurors that the men Buck lured to his apartment for “partying and playing” were in a life-and-death situation.
Buck, who has given more than $500,000 to mostly Democratic politicians and causes since 2000, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His attorney has argued in court that the witnesses testifying against Buck are manipulative escorts who used him for his money.
“The evidence will show that these grown men made a conscious decision to move into Ed Buck’s apartment for whatever reason,” Christopher Darden said in his opening statement last week.
Buck’s trial comes two years after he was arrested in September 2019.
Activists had gathered outside his apartment for months as they tried to pressure law enforcement officers to take action after 26-year-old Gemmel Moore died on Buck’s floor in 2017.
Timothy Dean, 55, died about 18 months later in similar circumstances.
It took another nine months and the near-death of another overdose victim—Dane Brown—before Buck was arrested.
Buck, who has given more than $500,000 to mostly Democratic politicians and causes since 2000, pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is pictured in 2015 with Hillary Clinton
Brown told investigators that he had been living in a hotel on Skid Row when he met Buck on Adam4Adam, a gay dating and escort site.
He moved in with Buck for part of the summer of 2019, saying Buck injected him with meth almost daily for five weeks, according to court documents.
Some of the men who went to Buck’s apartment told investigators they believe he gave them the powerful sedative known as the date-rape drug, which knocked them unconscious.
One man, who said he got $300 as an escort, said Buck gave him what he said was meth, but it blocked him on the ground for over six hours.
Buck told the man to leave, but he couldn’t move.
When Buck approached him with a buzzing power saw, the man said a surge of adrenaline prompted him to get up and escape.
Prosecutors allege that Buck provided lethal doses of methamphetamine to Moore and Dean.
However, the defense claims that all the men were at Buck’s apartment on their own initiative and that Moore and Dean did not die of methamphetamine.