LOS ANGELES – (04-17-22) – Ed Buck, well known political activist and Democratic donor was sentenced to 30 years in prison last Thursday for supplying and personally injected Black gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex. Doing this lead to the death of two people and multiple overdoses. One of his victims was former gay porn star Hole Hunter, who overdosed in the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck.

Buck, a wealthy white man who was active in LGBT causes and animal rights issues has given more than $500,000, mostly to Democratic politicians and causes since 2000. He was finally sentenced last last Thursday for targeting Black gay men who were experiencing homelessness, addiction and poverty.

Now 67 years-old, Ed Buck was found guilty in July by a federal jury on all nine counts that included having a drug house, distributing methamphetamine and enticing men to travel for prostitution.

Thursday’s sentencing finally brings a close to a long tragedy. Prosecutors said that Buck used his wealth and influence to prey on and exploit mostly vulnerable Black men for “party and play” encounters at his West Hollywood apartment.

The encounters involved Buck paying black gay men to use drugs, injecting large amounts of meth and performing sex acts on them. Officials said Buck would inject methamphetamine with or without the men’s consent and sometimes when they were unconscious.

“Buck used his money and privilege to exploit the wealth and power imbalances between himself and his victims, who were unhoused, destitute, and/or struggling with addiction,” said Chelsea Norell, assistant US attorney, in a court filing. “He spent thousands of dollars on drugs and party and play sessions that destroyed lives and bred insidious addictions.”

According to a court filing, Ed Buck was nicknamed “Doctor Kevorkian”, who had at least 10 victims who he drugged while they were unconscious. One victim said he was “unable to move” after Buck injected him with a tranquilizer. He added that later when Buck wanted him to leave his home, Buck “became frustrated and obtained a power saw from a closet, turned it on, and approached [the] victim with it”.

Prosecutors urged the judge to sentence Buck to life in prison, saying that he used “human beings as playthings, destroying their lives merely to appease his own sexual gratification”.

Buck’s attorneys pleaded with the court to sentence Buck to a 10-year sentence, rather than “relegating him to death in prison”.

They asked the judge to consider Buck’s drug addiction, which they said he developed because of a medical condition, and the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father and several priests.

Black LGBTQ+ activists in California had been advocating for years for the convicted killer to be brought to justice and accused police of ignoring their concerns and allowing the wealthy man to continue hurting people. Ed Buck will now serve 30 years in prison for his crimes.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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