The mother of a 26-year-old man who died at a wealthy Democratic
donor's home in West Hollywood in what was initially determined
to be an accidental drug overdose is calling for more alleged
victims to come forward.
The circumstances surrounding Gemmel Moore's death have been
called into question, and the man's mother, Letisha Nixon, spoke
at a West Hollywood City Council meeting Monday. Nixon said
people have come forward with incriminating information about Ed
Buck, the wealthy political donor whose home is where Moore was
found dead on July 27.
At the council meeting, officials from the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department said they needed the cooperation of other
alleged victims but acknowledged some have been reluctant —
possibly due to their own involvement in illegal activity.
The Sheriff's Department announced last week that homicide
investigators were, in "an abundance of caution," reviewing
Moore's death, which the department said had been determined to
be the result of accidental overdose. An Aug. 15 sheriff's news
release stated "responding deputies revealed no suspicious
circumstances of foul play."
Moore was a gay male escort and Buck has been accused by other
escorts of instructing them to ingest dangerous amounts of
drugs, Nixon said.
"Ed Buck has been soliciting young gay black men," Nixon told
reporters outside the City Council meeting.
"He has them wear these long white ‘under-johns.’ He takes
pictures of them," she said. "He hits them up with meth. The
more meth that they smoke and inject, the more money that he
Buck's attorney has denied the accusations and declined to
comment on specifics.
"This is an issue about how did Mr. Moore die, and Mr. Moore did
not die because of any act that Mr. Buck did," attorney Seymour
Amster told KTLA last week.
Nixon requested the council put pressure on agencies to look
into her son's death. Nixon wants the council to ask the county
District Attorney's Office to offer immunity to other escorts if
they come forward with information about Buck, according to
Jasmyne Cannick, an activist and writer who has been promoting
Nixon's concerns about Buck.
"I just want you guys to please put pressure on whoever needs
pressure, so that these people can get immunity and I can get
justice for my son," Nixon told the council.
One alleged victim, who remained anonymous, told KTLA last week
that Buck has instructed escorts to ingest drugs so he can watch
"He gets his thrills just based off you getting high," he said.
"He wants to see your reaction. He wants to see how can you take
it — if you can handle it or not."
For now, homicide investigators are still looking to hear from
other alleged victims while Nixon continues to fight for a
"I'm asking for justice for my son — regardless to the fact of
whatever he did," Nixon said during the meeting. "He still was
my son. He still was a person."