Sex, politics, meth

Wealthy Democratic donor accused of deadly fetish for getting young Black men high

This is pretty dark.

The Los Angeles County Coroner has declared the cause of death for 26-year-old Gemmel Moore as an accidental meth overdose. But his family in Texas isn’t convinced of the findings.

A little backstory: Moore was found dead on the evening of July 27 at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a one-time-Republican-turned-high-profile-Democratic-Party-donor and political activist. Over the years, Buck established a reputation around town for making financial contributions to both the state and city Democratic Party, as well as serving as chair of the Stonewall Democratic Club’s Political Affairs Committee.

But Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, says there’s a dark side to Buck few people know about.

In a shocking interview, she tells the WeHo Times that her son was unemployed and had recently been doing sex work, and that Buck was one of his regular clients. But their relationship wasn’t your typical gigolo/john relationship.

Nixon claims the wealthy liberal activist has a fetish for getting young Black men high, and he used her son to meet other guys.

“[Buck] would have my son to go out to… Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and how [they] would react and take pictures of them.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

“[He] would supply heroin, meth and other drugs to him to smoke or use with a needle,” she alleges. “Buck would pleasure himself at the sight of my son using drugs.”

She says friends of Moore’s told her Buck “would excitedly encourage [Gemmel] to increase his dosage by saying, ‘more, more, and I’ll give you $500 more.’”

Another alleged client of Buck’s and close friend of Moore’s, a man by the name of Cameron, tells the WeHo Times that Buck seemed to “get off on getting you higher and higher.”

He also recalls a time when Buck allegedly asked him if he had ever “slammed,” a street term for shooting up meth.

“I told him no, and that would take more money,” Cameron said, describing Buck’s reaction as “excited.”

Buck, who gave $2700 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2015 and another contribution in 2016, has not responded to requests for comment.

Nixon says she’s doubtful he will be held accountable for his alleged actions given his extreme wealth and political connections.

“To shoot young guys up with who knows what is evil,” she says said. “I honestly want him to go to jail and serve time to think about what he did.”

Related: Scott Silverthorne talks about his ‘meth-for-sex’ scandal, addiction, & everything the media got wrong

h/t: WeHo Times

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  • Donston

    Politicians/rich/famous people displaying megalomaniac and predatory instincts. Very dark and sad but not surprising at this point.

    • Donston

      And I guess a previous poster was right. This really is the week of meth.

    • ChrisK

      Meh. Sounds like they were both just meeting each other needs. Ok maybe to hell but no one was forced to do anything.

    • Donston

      You really do try to defend insidious behavior.

      I said nothing about anyone being forced. Megalomaniac instincts and predatory instincts can reveal themselves through rape, abuse or some other type of force. However, they also show themselves in people who get off on manipulating others, people who like being in romantic or sexual relationships with individuals that they feel are beneath them, people who like to be in romantic or sexual relationships with people who they feel desperately depend on, wanting to be around people who are co-dependent and/or addicts- it’s all different forms of similar mind.

  • jkthsnk

    Many people who know her have said the same.

  • Juanjo

    So all I am seeing here is an allegation made by a grieving mother of a drug addicted, sex worker son. Maybe it is true and maybe it is not true. I’ll wait to see what happens in an investigation.

    • mhoffman953

      Many, not all, but many wealthy elites (regardless of political affiliation) are into sick and sometimes illegal fetishes. Even if there is an investigation, it will be covered up and swept under the rug because the accused has connections and lots of money.

      Just look at the Franklin coverup and many others. The mother of the deceased makes a very specific claim regarding the wealthy donor’s fetish of getting off on watching men get high and offering them more money to get higher.

    • highestbidder

      Normally I would agree with you wholeheartedly, but as a meth addict in recovery I know [if he’s really doing the alleged activity] this dude is seriously screwing up some lives that probably can’t take too much more screwing with.

  • highestbidder

    Holy Cow this is straight out of NYPD Blue! A rich dude was getting prostitutes high while filming them, it got him off. One OD’d and died. But he hid in his money and behind his lawyers and got away with it for a time but he couldn’t stop and eventually got nailed. This guy probably won’t be able to stop, either. He might get away with this one but hopefully he won’t get away with all of them.

  • Bob LaBlah

    I am dumbfounded as to why people get off seeing people flip out off of drugs. Listen closely to the voice of the cameraman in this video. This is a compilation he put together but personally I believe it was he who gave that shit to these poor guys whom life has not been very kind to and then filmed it. I have no proof but that is what I do believe the case is. Its really enough to bring tears to my eyes, especially the poor guy at the ten minute mark and the last guy in the vid. People are sick but in this case I think the cameraman is sicker than the people he supposedly happened upon.

  • Kangol

    Horrific, and to be sure, wealthy men of all political persuasions engage in crap like this (and worse), because if you have enough money you can get away with it. Supplying drugs, sexual assaults, you name it, they get away with it. Just look at the former dean of USC’s Medical School, who was caught on ON CAMERA smoking meth with a sex worker, yet still kept his job!

    • money718

      Of all political persuasions? How about staying focus on the liberal Democratic creep? Sounds like you are making excuses.

    • Bob LaBlah

      Kangol, didn’t you also notice that this was a man/woman situation. A man who in the eyes of his peers exercised his right to get high and then just get down and nasty with a cute but lowly prostitute. The fact that he is now a former dean shows he had to go because had he stayed the only thing that would have done was make people start looking at ALL the rest of them in the state. Community colleges, state colleges/universities and private colleges. He had to go but no, he wasn’t and isn’t going to go to jail. Its just that simple.

      About the only thing people are really unified with in America today is the healthcare mess. We are all in agreement since there is no better plan than keep the one we have because something is better than nothing. But sex, drugs and men in positions of power? Fugettaboutit. Don’t think I am cheering for the old bastard because I’m not.

  • PinkoOfTheGange

    A whole 2700 wow that is … nothing in the room-with-biggest-chandelier-donors’ world. This level gets you a holiday post card. Big donors get one of 250 hand signed, hand cancelled at the executive mansion, Crane cards. Those cost a couple of orders of magnitude above $2700 plus a bump for a last minute media buys in swing districts.

    And you all will believe anything about some one who is different them you won’t you? He is rich so he must like messed up stuff because that is what you see on the TeeVee Machine…so it must be true.

    This is a hit piece about Buck. When did QUEERTY join the reds?

    • mhoffman953

      $2700 is the limit which an individual can give to a candidate running for office. Queerty left out how much he gives to super PACs.

      Also, its not hard to believe when a young, poor black kid who is a sex worker is found dead from a drug overdose in an older, rich white guy’s mansion. What do you think he was doing there? Obviously he was there hustling and not there to sign Ed Buck up for Avon

    • Donston

      A young, poor hustler is found dead in the house of one of his “clients”. The mother offers an incredibly believable, detailed story and doesn’t seem interested in money. It all adds up to being more than likely true than not. I veer towards common sense and practicality. Does that immediately make Buck directly responsible for the man’s death? Probably not. But it at least means he’s a predatory, megalomaniac individual who lacks respect for others.

    • PinkoOfTheGange

      That story is not believable.


      This is not a hit piece. I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I first read about this news item at the Advocate yesterday. My first question was why no one had mentioned his involvement with the recall election of then Arizona Governor Evan Mecham. That was a great and glorious achievement that Ed Buck helped initiate in Arizona. And for that, I am forever grateful. The person who responded to me through the Advocate comments section suggested that I search for additional articles regarding this incident. That’s where these lucid details came up. You can read my comments at the Advocate and form your own opinions. But yes, I’ve met Ed Buck. And how I met Ed Buck was also through a “friend”. This was 1987. At the time, he was recovering from oral jaw surgery.

      What happens between two consenting adults is their own business. What causes me to pause is the part about injecting these sex workers with drugs. While nothing of that nature happened when I was with Ed Buck, the part about Gemmel Moore introducing him to additional black men sort of makes me want to speak up. Goodness, Ed is 63 years old now. I last saw him in 1991. It’s the same method of operation as how I met him back in 1987. If someone wants to speak to me regarding my dealings with him, I am not hidden. My information is out there. If you’re curious what the name Sniffdar means, just Google it. I rarely post about topics on websites and have only just registered on Queerty so I could respond. I am still here in Phoenix and I do remember those encounters… ….and yes, I have my own story. There are some other details…

      All I can say is that there is a lot more here than we can possibly imagine.

    • mrlee2


  • DCguy

    So the same author that constantly posts articles about “Straight Guys” now puts up an article about some nasty queen and tries to tie it to the Democrats because he donated $2700.00 to Clinton?

    • mhoffman953

      No where in the article does it tie this man’s sick actions to actions of the Democratic party.

      You’re so wrapped up in partisan politics, that out of all of the fakes around this story, those are the facts that trouble you the most. The fact that Queerty is reporting on a Democratic donor seems to bother you enough that you’ll call out the author instead of commenting on the subject matter

    • BriBri

      DCGuy posts his replies while sniffing poppers.

  • Rex Huskey

    Sounds like a whole lot of hearsay. So what, I gave the same amount to HRC’s campaign.. What’s up with that?

    Also, DCGurl, will you please get a new tape to play re your accusations? So tiring!

    • DCguy

      Please point out what I said that was untrue.

    • Donston

      This is a site that constantly goes after Trump, tirelessly in fact. So, I don’t see the connection. The minor Clinton connection will give the article more clicks. That’s how the internet and, in particular, sites like this one.

    • mhoffman953


      The article does not criticize the man for his donation to the Clinton campaign. It merely provides it as a fact so the reader knows who this man is since I’m sure almost none of us have heard of him before even though he’s a rich political donor. The amount he gave is the maximum any person is allowed to give under the law

  • Spike

    This is only a story because the individual involved is a Democrat. If he was a republican, no one would care.

    • mhoffman953

      LOL I highly doubt that

      In this instance, his party affiliation should not matter but is a fact in the story to describe who he is to the reader. If he was a Republican, I guarantee that most of the comments would tie this into a representation of the entire Republican party and some would probably even blame Trump for this if the old pervert was a Republican

      But since he’s a Democrat, look at some of the comments of the people having a fit over Queerty reporting this, such as yourself

      Queerty isn’t reporting it because he’s a Democrat. It’s being reported here and on other gay news related sites because these men are gay and its a sensationalized story

  • Herman75

    $2700 to that …. candidate? Whatever.

    • Bob LaBlah

      It appears Trump is doing that much per day in blow based on his rants. What president has called TWO press conferences with the second one sounding even nuttier than the first?


    @mrlee2 I’ve been in bit of a shock at this news item. I’ll probably write about this more in depth at some point, but here are the basics: I was introduced to Ed Buck through a guy I met at an adult book store. If you know anything about Phoenix, Arizona, there was once an adult book store across the street from the entrance to the Arizona State Fair. I ended up following the gentleman back to his house. I won’t become explicit here, but afterwards he said that he had a friend who would really love to meet me. I said sure and gave him my number. He told me who his friend was, but I really didn’t think he would actually call me.

    Well, just a few short weeks later he did.

    At the time, I was working for American Express at 24th Street and Glendale. You can check Google Maps to collaborate what I am saying. That property was later purchased by Charles Schwab. Ed Buck lived not a mile from where I was working on what was once called Squaw Peak (now called Piestewa Peak). The arrangement was that I would come over after work, as my shift was from 4 to 8 PM. Again, I will not get explicit here, but the reason why I couldn’t see Ed Buck after that point was because I was going off to college in Langston, Oklahoma that very weekend.

    I ran into Ed Buck again in 1991. I’ll write at length about that second encounter at some point…

    Ed Buck once famously stated regarding Evan Mecham that he had slept with more Black men than Evan Mecham had shaken hands with. I do not doubt this, as I can say that I am one of them. No, I am not a sex worker. No I am not a drug addict. And honestly, for all the things that he did for helping get Evan Mecham out of office, I applaud him. However, the death of someone and the thought of recruiting others causes me to pause. And while the original article that I read at the Advocate didn’t mention drug activities , the article here does. And that’s why I feel like I sort of need to speak up. It’s crazy how this things turn up, because it has been almost perfectly 30 years ago that I first met Ed Buck.

    And if you haven’t picked up on the age difference between Ed Buck and Gemmel Moore or the fact that 30 ago I “met” Ed Buck before I went off to college, you’re not thinking about this story deep enough.

    Again, my information is out there. I am not hard to find.

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