Ed Buck's violent sex play recounted in first day of death trial

Ed Buck's violent sex play recounted in first day of death trial
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LOS ANGELES — In another lifetime, wealthy businessman Ed Buck hobnobbed with elite Democrats such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Gavin Newsom.

But, according to prosecutors, away from the glamour of the dinner parties and fundraisers, Buck had a dangerous dark side. It included preying on gay black men in sexual games and injecting them with fatal levels of GHB and methamphetamine.

DEMOCRATIC DONOR ED BUCK INJECTED DRUGS INTO PASSED OUT SEX PARTNERS

Tuesday's opening statements in Buck’s nine-count indictment recounted experiences of his drug den where two men died, and several others were injured. Although the 66-year-old businessman has said through his lawyers the activity was consensual, the U.S. Attorney’s Office plans to have a stream of witnesses tell horror stories of barely escaping with their lives.

Carlos Sinclair was one such person. He was plucked out of a homeless encampment in 2018 to play sexual fetish drug games in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment, according to testimony.

Sinclair was pressured to inject GHP and methamphetamine, something he refused to do. At one point, he passed out after smoking the drugs and discovered Buck injected him while he was asleep, according to journalist Jasmyne Cannick.

“When I woke up, Ed Buck was sitting on me and facing me, injecting me with crystal meth,” Cannick recounted Sinclair testifying. “[Buck] said, ‘Don’t move because there is a needle in your arm.’ Carlos said he felt violated.”

GHB, the “date rape drug,” often causes the person taking it to lose consciousness. On one occasion, Sinclair ingested the drug and was about to drink a potent alcoholic beverage, which could have fatal consequences.

Buck stopped Sinclair from doing this, saying, “I don’t need another dead n***** on my couch,” Cannick recounted.

This alluded to the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, who was held against his will and “shot up” with drugs, according to court documents.

In another incident, Buck repeatedly slapped Sinclair in the face so hard it loosened his teeth, according to texts between the two men read in court.

Buck also lit Sinclair’s genitals on fire and slapped his penis, sadomasochistic methods used for Buck’s excitement. For this, Sinclair was paid $500, according to testimony.

Buck found participants on gay dating sites such as Adam4Adam. The men were often destitute, making them more apt to go along with Buck’s demands. Those who balked were threatened with a pay cut or no pay at all, prosecutors said.

It wasn’t until a second man died in 2019 that Buck was arrested and charged with the two deaths.

“In general, Ed Buck gets off on causing and observing the physical pain and suffering of young vulnerable black men,” attorney Hussain Turk told the Washington Examiner. “He proceeds to give them too much [drugs] and watches them lay on the ground before him, suffering and clinging to life. In some cases, he watches them die.”

Turk’s legal team spoke to a dozen witnesses before filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck.

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“For whatever reason, he developed this perverse dangerous fetish," Turk said. "Because of who he is, he was able to get away with it for many many, years and now is time for him to be held accountable for the harm he has inflicted upon so many people.”

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed two drug counts and a charge of battery but no death charge. The case has a Sept. 23 court date.

Since 2000, Buck has donated more than $500,000 to Democratic causes and candidates, mostly in California.

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