Neighbor Jackie Tepper, daughter of Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper, walked with her dogs when she saw the man humming in Ed Buck's apartment
The man who became the second black man to die of a prominent West Hollywood apartment in the Democratic donor seemed sober when he could reveal DailyMail.com a minute before a 911 call was announced by a neighbor.
The dead man, who is yet to be named, died after EMS was called to Ed Buck in the early hours of Monday morning.
Buck's lawyer said that the man, who was in his fifties and described it as a friend of the Hillary Clinton donor, had a history of drug abuse & # 39; and # & # 39; weird & # 39; behaved after Buck let him in, shortly after midnight.
But Jackie Tepper, one of Buck's neighbors, told DailyMail.com that she did not think the man was drunk.
Tepper – the daughter of Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper – said she saw a black man outside Buck's apartment shortly after midnight.
She also said that seeing young black men in the apartment was something that all his neighbors had expected.
& # 39; I left at 12.15 am to walk with my dogs behind the Golden Globes, so I know exactly what time it was, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; When I walked past his apartment I saw a black man in the building trying to hum.
The victim, described as a black man in his 50s, was found dead in the West Hollywood apartment of the prominent Don Ed Buck, shortly after being seen by Tepper. The coroner is seen Monday with the body in West Hollywood
He marks death the second time that a black man has passed away in the last year and a half. Tepper revealed that it was not uncommon to see young black men coming in and out of Ed & # 39; s apartment at very strange hours.
Buck, 63, a regular donor of democratic campaigns including Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, was investigated for a suspected murder when 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found dead in his apartment in 2017
I hesitated to think, & # 39; oh c ** p & # 39 ;, because we are used to seeing young black men coming in and out of Ed & # 39; s apartment in very strange hours. & # 39;
Buck & # 39; s lawyer Seymour Amster urged DailyMail.com that his client did not give the man drugs and that he was already high when he arrived at Buck's apartment.
But Tepper, a film producer in Hollywood, said the man seemed sober.
He did well, he did not seem drunk, & # 39; she said.
"He did not stagger, he was buzzing the building, he was on his phone. He had a colorful scarf and a coat and a wool cap. He was bundled together. I must have seen him 45 minutes earlier. & # 39;
The identity of the dead man is still unclear. The retired donor and political activist was interviewed by the police on the spot, but refused to talk to murder detectives, according to his lawyer.
Seymour Amster, Buck's lawyer, said the man in his fifties was an old Buck friend and had lived in West Hollywood for 25 years.
Amster claimed that the man & # 39; a history of drug abuse & # 39; had.
Unfortunately in the early hours of the morning, a good friend of Ed reached out to him. Ed was reluctant to take him over, but he insisted. He let him come to his apartment & # 39 ;, Amster told DailyMail.com.
"Ed had just come out of the shower, so he dressed appropriately. He returned to his living room and his friend behaved with bizarre behavior. Shortly thereafter it was clear that his friend needed medical help. Ed has called paramedics. They arrived, they were unable to revive him, and unfortunately he died in the apartment.
Jasmyne Cannick, a Democrat who runs before the California State Assembly, has claimed that Buck targets the vulnerable people before they pay them to take meth while wearing only white underwear and then photographing them.
Cannick organized a demonstration outside of Buck's apartment on Monday night (photo on the right) and the LA Sheriff's department accused them of having blood on their hands & # 39; because they had not properly investigated the death of Gemmel Moore
& # 39; It seems that the individual has come over and has already consumed controlled substances. No controlled substances were ingested in the presence of Ed, and Ed did not mention his friend either. & # 39;
The revelation by Tepper came as a campaigner who worked with the Gemmel Moore family – the man found dead from a meth overdose in Buck's apartment in July 2017 – claimed that Buck lures gay black men to his home with promises of cash and inject them with crystal meth for his own sexual satisfaction.
Jasmyne Cannick, a Democrat who runs for the state meeting of California, claims that Buck is the vulnerable target before they pay them to take meth, while they only wear white underwear and then photograph.
Buck, 63, a regular donor of democratic campaigns, including Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, was investigated for a suspected murder when Moore, 26, was found dead.
Cannick organized a demonstration outside Buck's apartment on Monday night and accused the LA Sheriff's department of blood on their hands & # 39; to have because they did not properly investigate Moore's death.
Cannick claims that after the police dropped the case, she carried out her own investigation into Moore's death, including speaking with several witnesses, and she says she has made a series of important discoveries.
& # 39; Buck asks men online and he lures them to the promises of money, & # 39; she claimed.
& # 39; But he usually only goes after certain types of males who are vulnerable, who need the money, which he knows he can take advantage of.
Gemmel Moore (depicted on the right with his mother LaTisha Nixon), 26, was found dead in 2017 of a clear overdose of methamphetamine.
In an undated journal entry, Moore admitted that he "ended up at Buck house (sic) again and was being manipulated again" & # 39;
& # 39; According to the witnesses, the men I have spoken to who have been to his apartment, he pays them to wear white underwear and use drugs.
& # 39; The more medicine you do, the more money he gives you. But he wants to give you the medicines, the crystal meth. You can not do the drugs alone, he wants to be the one you inject, "she said.
& # 39; We have brought many young men forward, & # 39; Cannick added.
& # 39; They not only came to us and said that this happened. They brought their plane tickets, their text messages, they gave us their emails.
& # 39; In some cases, these young men took video & # 39; s and photos in Ed Buck & # 39; s apartment.
We worked to get their limited immunity with the Sheriff's Department so that they would feel comfortable telling the department what they knew. & # 39;
Buck's lawyer, Seymour Amster, denied all accusations made by Cannick to his client and burned & # 39; False & # 39; and & # 39; Not believable & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; Where is the proof? Jasmyne has been involved in this situation for at least 18 months. She has stated that many people have said it. It does not seem like someone is coming forward. It seems that this is sensationalism. It seems that she is more interested to see her face in the media than to make credible reports.
& # 39; If these facts are true, which we do not believe they are, then let us know, give it to the police. They have had a lot of time. They can not, because it is not true. & # 39;
On claims, Buck trains websites looking for vulnerable young black men and that his neighbor regularly sees young black men coming and going from his apartment, Amster said:
& # 39; The neighbor said she has seen black men enter his apartment and that she has seen them leave his apartment. She did not say she saw them drunk, she did not say she saw them in pain.
& # 39; Do some of them have drug use? Do not some of them do the right lifestyle? That's right. Has Ed opened his house to individuals who put them in an uncertain position, yes, but he is not involved in their death, he is not responsible for their actions.
& # 39; Unsupported accusations must cease to be the message of the day. & # 39;
Asked whether Buck paid the men to come to his house, he answered: & # 39; If they have the proof, show them. & # 39;
And in a last message to Buck's most outspoken prosecutor, Amster added: "So Jasmyne, stop talking and start delivering because you really do not have anything."
Buck is an active donor who supports the Democratic Party. He is seen above with the former Californian governor Jerry Brown in this undated file photo
In a YouTube video filmed at a community meeting and posted in October 2017, Moore's roommate and friend, Samuel Lloyd, spoke about Buck's behavior.
He claims that Buck had an unhealthy obsession with Moore and other young black men he paid for sexual encounters.
"This man went looking for other men who struggled on the streets and had no money … men who had never had drugs before," he said. & # 39; People who struggled and were already in a downward position. This is the kind of guys Ed Buck was looking for. & # 39;
Lloyd said that Moore had become afraid of Buck in the days before his death.
& # 39; Gemmel was afraid of this man. He came and he lay in my arms and he cried and he was afraid. Afraid that this man would hurt him. & # 39;
Lloyd claims that Moore had gone to the West Hollywood police a number of times to warn them of Buck, but was told he had to leave & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They did not believe him, "he said.
Further evidence was found in a private diary that, according to Moore's mother, belonged to her son who discusses his fear of Buck.
I honestly do not know what to do & # 39 ;, is the diary.
& # 39; I became addicted to drugs and became the worst of them. Ed Buck is the one who thanked me for giving me my first injection of crystal meth. It was very painful, but after all the problems I became addicted to pain and fetish / fantasy. & # 39;
In the entry, Moore continues: & # 39; If it did not hurt, I would kill myself, but for the time being I will let Ed Buck do it. & # 39;
More than 100 people, including black community activists, local residents and local political leaders, protested Monday outside Buck's apartment and demanded action from the Sheriff's Department.
Speaking to the crowd, Cannick said: "This was preventable. We knew he had not stopped, that it was only a matter of time before this happened again. And now it is only a matter of time before it happens for the third time if it is not stopped. & # 39;
Residents in Buck & # 39; s apartment complex came to the rally and were petitioning their landlord to drive out the Democrat donor.
Jerome Kitchen, who grew up with Moore and is a good family friend, was also present at the rally.
He said that the news of a new death brought fresh grief to the young man who was like a brother to him.
"I should not have done this, but I was reading an article when I drove to work this morning when I saw the news. I drove right over it and I immediately threw myself up, because I felt that that moment was happening all over again, & Kitchen, 30. & # 39; This is his death all over again for us.
& # 39; While Gemmel's mother plans to commemorate her son on Sunday, another mother plans to bury her child. & # 39;
The Moore case was closed after the Public Prosecutor in Los Angeles had found insufficient evidence to prosecute, which led to controversies of local campaign groups.
The lawyer said that Buck was initially interviewed by officers who appeared on the scene, but refused further interviews with detectives.