Democratic millionaire donor Ed Buck sued by family of gay porn actor who died in his ‘drug house’
Ed Buck, the famous donor to the Democratic Party, is facing a civil lawsuit from the family of Timothy Dean, 55, who died in his home in 2019.
Dean’s sisters, Joyce Jackson and Joann Campbell, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, January 7, marking the first anniversary of their brother’s death.
The family has alleged that Buck “was a drug dealer who preyed on black men and injected [Dean] with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine for his sexual gratification”.
According to the LA Times, “the lawsuit accuses Buck of sexual battery, assault, hate violence, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress as well as other crimes”.
The lawsuit also claims that on several occasions before Dean’s death, he was injected several times with drugs without his consent and then forced to perform sexual acts.
Ed Buck is already facing criminal charges for allegedly causing the deaths of Dean and Gemmel Moore, 26, in 2017. He is being charged with administering methamphetamine to the two men, which resulted in drug overdoses, and maintaining a drug house.
He was arrested in September after activists demanded an investigation be launched. A third man was found to have overdosed in Buck’s apartment, which gave the authorities the opportunity to arrest him. Prosecutors now say that Buck used his wealth and position of power to target gay black men who were vulnerable due to homelessness and drug addiction.
Other alleged victims were interviewed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which showed that Buck “continued to solicit men for sex and drug use” long after Dean’s death. If convicted, Buck would spend a minimum of 20 years in prison. The maximum sentence is life without parole.
Buck has denied all wrongdoing in this case, pleading not guilty. However, he is currently still in federal custody.
Buck is a wealthy donor, known for given money to the Democratic party and its candidates. Buck has given over $500,000 in the last fifteen years. He was notable in donating money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 and publicly endorsing her as the Democratic nominee for President.
Neither Buck nor his lawyer, Seymour Amster, has commented on the lawsuit.