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    Human Trafficking Law Violations Added to Suit Against Ed Buck

    New accusations of human trafficking have been added to the lawsuit filed against political activist and donor Ed Buck. Eric Leonard reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Published Tuesday, July 9, 2019)

    A new legal filing accuses prominent political activist and donor Ed Buck of violating federal human trafficking laws when he allegedly supplied an airline ticket to a man who flew to Los Angeles from Texas and died inside Buck's West Hollywood apartment.

    The legal document, an addition to the wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this year by the dead man's mother, says Buck, "knowingly utilized interstate commerce," for the purpose of moving the man to Southern California, "for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts."

    It also accused Buck of sharing an explicit video recording.

    Buck's attorney Seymour Amster has denied the accusations in the lawsuit and said earlier this year, "we'll fight the accusations vigorously."

    Group Pushes for Filing of Charges in Ed Buck Case

    [LA] Group Pushes for Filing of Charges in Ed Buck Case

    Activists are demanding Ed Buck to be charged for the deaths of two men who overdosed on drugs in his West Hollywood apartment. Eric Leonard reports for the NBC 4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019)

    The lawsuit centers on the June 27, 2017 death of Gemmel Moore inside Buck's apartment.

    The case also accuses the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office of ignoring evidence of criminal wrongdoing when it decided last year not to file criminal charges.

    Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, told NBC4 she was frustrated that the DA failed to act, and said she didn't want to see any other mothers lose their loved ones in a similar way.

    "I just think they don't care," Nixon said.

    The case, filed in LA Superior Court, alleges wrongful death, sexual battery, hate violence, drug dealer liability, negligence, infliction of emotional distress, and two violations of civil rights.

    The DA's Office has declined to comment.

    Mother of Man Who Overdosed Seeks Answers From Officials

    [LA] Mother of Man Who Overdosed Seeks Answers From Officials

    The mother of a man who died of an overdose in the home of a prominent Democratic donor is seeking answers for her son's death. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017)

    Moore's death was initially classified as an accidental methamphetamine overdose.

    The LA County Sheriff's Department reexamined the case after Nixon and activists demanded a deeper investigation.

    In January 2019, Timothy Dean, 55, died in Buck's apartment on Laurel Avenue under similar circumstances.

    Buck's attorney has said Dean arrived at the apartment already under the influence of a drug.

    Nixon's attorneys, Nana Gyamfi and Hussain Turk, said they believe Buck has received preferential treatment from police and prosecutors, possibly as a result of his history of political activism and campaign donations to a wide variety of elected officials.

    "The lawsuit doesn't only get some level of accountability from Ed Buck and from the District Attorney's office, the County — in the language that they understand, which is money, but it also enables us to expose what Ed Buck is doing," Gyamfi said.

    Death at Democrat Donor's Home Investigated

    [LA] Death at Democrat Donor's Home Investigated

    The family of Gemmel Moore, who died of a methamphetamine overdose at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic party donor Ed Buck in July 2017, pressed authorities to reopen the investigation into his death. Now, sources tell Eric Leonard of the NBC4 I-Team that the district attorney has new evidence in the case. Leonard reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

    (Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018)

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