Judge Lifts Stay on Civil Suit Against Ed Buck by Timothy Dean’s Sisters

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Timothy Dean - Photo by Paulo Murillo

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Judge H. Jay Ford III lifted a temporary stay that was placed on a wrongful death lawsuit against Ed Buck brought by Timothy Dean’s three sisters. Dean died in the West Hollywood apartment of Democratic donor Ed Buck on January 7, 2019.

My News LA reports the lawsuit filed in January 2020 by Joyce Jackson, Joann Campbell and Retha Singleton allege in their Santa Monica Superior Court lawsuit that Buck injected 55-year-old Timothy Dean on Jan. 7, 2019, with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine. Their court papers describe Buck as a “wealthy white man who has a well-documented history of isolating black men for perverted sexual encounters … in the confines of a drug den in his West Hollywood apartment.”

The lawsuit also alleges sexual battery, assault, hate violence, drug dealer liability, premises liability and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In December, both sides in the civil suit agreed to put the case on hold pending the hearing of a post-trial motion in the criminal case on Feb. 28. On Wednesday, Judge Ford III ended the stay, but delayed the scheduled case management conference until July 12.

Former West Hollywood resident, and Democratic political donor, Ed Buck was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison today for supplying drugs to two men who overdosed in his West Hollywood apartment on Laurel Avenue.

After a nine-day trial and six-hour deliberation on July 27, 2021, a jury found Ed Buck, 67, guilty of all nine felony counts against him, including two for distribution of controlled substances resulting in the deaths of Gemmel Moore, 26, who died on July 27, 2017, and Timothy Dean, 55, who died on January 7, 2019. There were four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug den, and two counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution.

“Within hours of arriving at Mr. Buck’s West Hollywood residence, Mr. Dean was dead,” the suit states.

Several vials, syringes and containers of narcotics were recovered from throughout Buck’s residence, according to the lawsuit, which cites autopsy report findings.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office concluded on March 25 that Dean’s death was caused by an accidental methamphetamine overdose, according to the plaintiffs’ court papers.

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