Wealthy Political Donor Ed Buck Finally Arrested After Third Man Overdoses in His Home

Ed Buck, a prominent political donor and LGBTQ activist, has finally been arrested after a third man recently overdosed at his home in California.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said the wealthy businessman is accused of injecting an unidentified 37-year-old man with methamphetamine at his West Hollywood apartment last week, which caused a nonfatal overdose.

Buck was taken into police custody Tuesday night and video footage released online shows the 65-year-old slumped over in the back of a cop car as he was hauled off to jail.

Buck’s arrest comes after two other men, who were Black, died of drug overdoses at his home 18 months apart.

26-year-old Gemmel Moore, a homosexual escort, was the first to die after being lured to Buck’s apartment and injected with drugs on July 27th, 2017.

Despite public outrage and protests by activists and family members, no arrests were made because authorities said there was insufficient evidence to file charges.

Buck’s second victim, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, a male escort and former porn star, was found naked and unresponsive on January 7th, 2019 after suffering a drug overdose in the wealthy donor’s apartment.

Dean’s death, which was ruled an “accidental meth overdose,” prompted an investigation, however, the case was quietly dropped due to Buck’s notoriety and close ties to prominent Democrats such as Hillary Clinton.

Prosecutors said Buck would lure his victims into his home, promising them free drugs, money and shelter.

“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes,” prosecutors said, according to court documents.

“These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims…. Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week.”

Prosecutors said Buck’s latest victim, only identified as Joe Doe in court papers, visited Buck’s apartment on September 4th, and was “personally and deliberately” given a large dose of methamphetamine by Buck.

After feeling like he was suffering an overdose, the man fled the apartment to seek medical attention, but returned on September 11th when Buck, once again, injected him with “two dangerously large” doses of methamphetamine, prosecutors revealed.

According to prosecutors, Buck tried to stop the man’s attempts to get help the second time, but the man was eventually able to flee the apartment and call 911 from a gas station. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was treated again for an overdose.

After searching Buck’s home following his arrest Tuesday, police found hundreds of photos of men in compromising positions (like the one below), adding weight to the argument that he has a fetish for injecting men, particularly Black men, with drugs and watching them slowly die.

Using photo evidence (see below), The Daily Mail reported on September 11th that a young Black man with a bandage on his arm was seen visiting Buck’s apartment on Friday, September 6th.

Another photo also obtained by The Daily Mail shows Buck smoking meth with a painfully thin, drug-addicted homeless Black man in his apartment.

According to the site, Buck found the man on the street and offered him $300 to carry out his bizarre “fetish” requests, which included Buck ordering the man to wear dirty white long johns and black leather “f**king boots.”

Another disturbing photo shows a man modeling white underwear and a white tank top in the same room with Buck, who was seen wearing white long johns while sitting on the sofa. The floor was littered with what appears to be trash and dirty clothes.

“The full scope of his consistent malicious behavior is unknown,” prosecutors said. “It is only a matter of time before another one of these vulnerable young men dies of an overdose.”

Buck is due in court for an arraignment on Wednesday and prosecutors will for his bail to be set at $4 million.

He was charged with one count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

Buck’s lawyer told reporters he planned to “vigorously” fight the charges against his client.

An attorney who said he spoke with relatives of Moore and Dean said family members were happy that Buck was finally behind bars.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s taken a third overdose for the (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) to finally act,” Hussain Turk, who represents Moore’s family, said.

“We believe that the third overdose could have been avoided. We believe that the death of Timothy Dean could have also been avoided had they taken the death of Gemmel Moore seriously.”

If convicted as charged, Buck could face up to five years and eight months in state prison.

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Dave East Slapped With Misdemeanor Battery Citation After Las Vegas Threesome Turns Violent

Dave East tried to entertain two women in Vegas, but got a misdemeanor battery citation instead.

Following his show at Drai’s Nightclub on Saturday in Las Vegas, the rapper invited two women back to his Delana Las Vegas hotel room for a threesome.

However, his fantasy turned into a nightmare when something went really wrong. Police got involved, battery citations were handed out and a CAT scan was ordered.

According to the police report obtained by TMZ, East claims that during the sexual encounter, one of the women became upset because he was paying more attention to the other woman than her.

She then began throwing champagne bottles at him from across the room, hitting his head and injuring his arm and leg.

Police saw the injures, however, the woman told cops that East was the aggressor.

In her version of events, she and East began arguing while having sex and he then threw five to six punches, with one hitting her arm.

She said ran to the bathroom for safety and called the police. She didn’t mention throwing any bottles to police.

A third woman who walked into the room and witnessed the argument corroborated the woman’s story. She told cops that East was the aggressor and that she did not witness any bottles being thrown.

However, a male friend of East’s, who also witnessed the argument, sided with the rapper and told police he saw the champagne bottles being thrown.

No one was arrested after the incident, but police cited East and the woman with misdemeanor battery.

The two were also taken to separate hospitals, where a doctor ordered East to get a CAT scan. The results are unknown.

East’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, says the rapper was never violent and only touched the woman to put her out of the hotel room by her arm when she started to flip out.

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Porn Star Jessica Jaymes Found Dead at 43

Jessica Jaymes, an award-winning adult film entertainer, was found dead at her home, TMZ reports. She was 43 years old.

Police said a male friend went to check on Jessica Tuesday afternoon after he hadn’t heard from her in a while, and when he arrived at her San Fernando Valley home, Jaymes was found unconscious.

EMS and the fire department were called for cardiac arrest for a female and Jaymes was pronounced dead upon their arrival.

As of now, her cause of death is unknown and the Los Angeles County Corner’s Office is investigating.

Jessica had a history of seizures and police reportedly found various prescription drugs in her home.

Jessica Jaymes had a very successful adult film career. She started doing softcore porn in 2002 at the age of 26, and got her big break two years later after being signed by Hustler.

In 2005, she received Hustler magazine’s “Honey of the Year” award and later earned herself a spot in the AVN (Adult Video Network) Hall of Fame

Jessica went on to appear in well over 200 adult films and was actively performing in the industry by releasing exclusive content via her own website at the time of her death.

Jaymes also made a few appearances as herself on a number of episodes of Showtime’s Weeds, in addition to appearances on The Howard Stern Show, VH1’s Celebrity Rehab Sober House and HBO’s Vivid Valley.

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It’s Official: “The Boondocks” Reboot Will Air on HBO Max in Fall 2020 With 24 Episodes Over 2 Seasons

It’s official … The Boondocks is coming back to TV!

According to Deadline, HBO’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max was given a two-season 24-episode order to a “reimagining” of the popular animated series, which is set to premiere in fall 2020 with a 50-minute special.

Additionally, all 55 episodes of The Boondocks (Seasons 1-4) will be available on HBO Max once it launches in the spring.

“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly,’ ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TBS, TNT and truTV.

Reiley continued: “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style of storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”

And before you ask, YES, Aaron McGruder will the the showrunner for the new Boondocks, which will follow Robert “Granddad” Freeman and his two grandsons, Huey and Riley, after the family recently moved to a peaceful community in suburban Maryland only to see it taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his crazy neo-fascist regime.

“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” McGruder said.

“It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now—both politically and culturally—more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”

We already know John Witherspoon is coming back because he’s the one who first announced the news about the reboot back in May, so now all we’re waiting on is confirmation that Regina King will (fingers crossed!) reprise her role as Huey and Riley Freeman.

Spring 2020 can’t get here fast enough!

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Ashley Darby Fired From “Real Housewives of Potomac” Following Husband’s Sexual Assault Allegations (Report)

The Real Housewives of Potomac just wrapped its “breakout” season, but one of its main messy housewives may have just gotten the boot.

Media Take Out is reporting that Ashley Darby and her husband, Michael, have both been fired from the show.

According to the site, a producer and a Bravo executive confirmed the couple was not asked to return for the fifth season of RHOP.

Filming has already begun, but Ashley was the only Potomac housewife NOT given a contract option.

One of the sources says Michael’s sexual assault allegations were a major factor in the decision.

Michael was accused of groping a male crew member during filming. The incident, as well as the legal case, was documented on this season.

The charges against Michael were ultimately dismissed, but many of Ashley’s co-stars questioned her husband’s innocence.

Ashley may have also had one foot out the door already. MTO’s source revealed:

“It wasn’t just [Michael’s] incident. Ashley made a lot of comments, that suggested she didn’t want to be here. So, we cut her loose.”

Ashley and Michael Darby—who welcomed their first child in July—have been main fixtures on RHOP since the show’s first season (2016). And little Miss Ashley had no problem being open and messy.

We should note that neither Ashley, Michael, nor Bravo have officially confirmed the Darbys’ exit. MTO is currently the only outlet with this report.

Part 2 of the season four Real Housewives of Potomac reunion airs Sunday, September 22.

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Turns Out Shane Gillis Was SNL’s Terrible Attempt to “Appeal to More Conservative Viewers”

The cast of SNL dressed up as the members of the Trump administration, singing.

When evidence of  Shane Gillis’ racist comedy and podcast appearances began circulating last week right after the announcement that he’d been added to the cast of Saturday Night Live, there was some surprise that SNL had done such a poor job of vetting their new additions. After all, this stuff didn’t require a lot of digging. Journalist Seth Simons found the first and arguably most egregious example, showing Gillis on an episode of his own podcast from only one year ago, saying incredibly racist things about Asian people.

From there, Vulture’s Megh Wright found a whole lot more racist, homophobic, sexist content that they said was “very easy to find on Google.” On top of that, Wright spoke to his colleagues in Philadelphia who were surprised that someone doing his sort of material got a job on SNL. She even spoke to one club owner who stopped booking him “within the past few years because of racist, homophobic, and sexist things he’s said on and offstage.”

When Gillis was let go only a few days after his hiring was announced, a statement from a representative of Lorne Michaels said that they “were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

But according to Variety, they were very much aware of his prior remarks and they were the whole reason why he was hired in the first place. So their vetting process worked just fine, it was just terribly guided.

“According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers,” that report reads. “This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show, given that it has seen a major resurgence in popularity in recent years with Alec Baldwin regularly portraying President Donald Trump while other cast members and guest stars have played members of his administration and those in his orbit.”

This is both-sidesism at its worst. To balance out a liberal-leaning slate of sketches, they brought in a guy who peddles racism as comedy. But bigotry is not the inverse of liberal politics. It makes sense that SNL’s sketches put Trump and other Republicans in their crosshairs so frequently–that’s who’s in power right now. If they can’t find a way to legitimately balance the political scales, there’s probably a reason for that and resorting to hiring someone who appeals to Trump supporters’ worst instincts off-camera is just a desperate and clueless move.

Plus, as of last season (I haven’t seen a change for season 45 announced anywhere), the two head writers of the show were still Colin Jost and Michael Che, who are about as middle-of-the-road as you can get. They might mock Trump onscreen but offscreen, they’ve made it clear their views of cultural politics range from nonexistent to downright terrible.

(via Variety, image: Will Heath/NBC)

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The New Halloween Trilogy Seems To Be Continuing To Explore Trauma

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Even with the shaky way her trauma is handled at certain points, the latest Halloween film is a story about Laurie Strode’s trauma and the way it affected her entire family. With Michael somehow surviving being incinerated and returning for two more films, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, we’ll be diving deep into more of Laurie’s story, as well as the story of others who survived Michael both in 1978 and in 2018.

While speaking with Collider, star Jamie Lee Curtis said of the film that “The ass-kicking part is the fan-favorite part, but from my standpoint, I didn’t go into it because I got to kick Michael’s bottom. I was particularly drawn because it was a movie about trauma. The trauma that occurs for these characters for forty years, I felt was very important that David understood that and was really giving Laurie great honor to acknowledge that her experience of her life was very challenged.”

She also talked about how the second film would dive into the other characters whose lives were impacted by Michael all those years ago. New additions to the cast are Anthony Michael Hall as Tommy Doyle, Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, and Robert Longstreet as Lonnie Elam. Tommy and Lindsey were two children who Laurie and her friends were babysitting during the events of the film, and Lonnie was a childhood bully. His son, Cameron, was Allyson’s cheating boyfriend in the first film.

While Michael murdered several people that night in 1978, the impact on the survivors outside of Laurie hasn’t really been seen. We know Lonnie, from a passing conversation in the 2018 film, has had trouble with the law, and of course we see what happens to Laurie. But we don’t know what happens to Tommy and Lindsey, who also saw Michael. What does their trauma look like?

The slasher genre tends to be about trauma. We see a great deal of stories about final girls who are continuously faced with their very much literal demons. By centering the story on Laurie and what her trauma looks like, the new Halloween films not only present a case for why they should exist but take an adult look at what a world that has been frightened by Michael would look like, especially now with the inclusion of familiar faces from the original.

The question becomes then how they will resolve the story satisfactorily. Will Laurie get catharsis? Is it possible to get catharsis and move on after all of this? With Michael’s return, will she lose even more to him? I worry that the story will end in Laurie’s death, which would be a fairly grim note to go out on. Laurie deserves to move on somehow, with the help of her family.

By centering the story on the realities of what surviving such an event would do to a person, the creatives behind the film have grounded the film in reality and given them some serious emotional stakes. Hopefully, the coming films will continue to keep the human element and not just focus on spectacle for spectacle’s sake. Sure, the kills have to get grander in a sequel, but we can’t forget the human characters that keep us coming back for more.

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Beware! Word Is That the Newest Knives Out Trailer May Be Spoilery.

Chris Evans being a snack in Knives Out

There are people in this world who have seen Knives Out. Those people are my enemy (until I see it and we can all talk about it). The highly anticipated murder mystery debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival with much flare and chatter, and now, we just all want to know: Who did it?

What we know about Knives Out is very limited, maybe because we don’t want to be spoiled for the mystery that’s unfolding before us, or maybe it’s something strategic. Whatever the case may be, the mystery of Harlan Thrombey’s death takes us on twists and turns in the second trailer for Rian Johnson’s latest film. But beware! What I’ve heard (and I refuse to look into this, because I have yet to see the movie) is that this trailer is spoilery.

How exactly is it spoilery? Well … look away now if you’re still feeling unspoiled and would like to be absolutely sure you’ll remain that way. Apparently, when you’re watching the movie, you’ll realize certain points of this trailer haven’t happened yet, and that may spoil things, which … great. I watched it once, got the feel, and refuse to go back, mainly because Knives Out is one of the movies I’m most excited about this fall.

Is it because of our cultural obsession with Clue? Probably, but there is something about an old-fashioned murder mystery that has me on the edge of my seat, ready to dive into the mystery being presented before me. It also helps when Chris Evans is out here in cable knit sweaters and telling his family to “eat shit” because he showed up for the reading of Harlan Thrombey’s will and testament.

The trailer drop also came with Rian Johnson sharing a full cast poster to his Twitter account.

Earlier this week, Johnson shared character descriptions and posters for each of the main players, and while this family is full of those in it for their own gain, the detective crew (comprised of Daniel Craig and Lakeith Stanfield) seems to also have mysteries all its own that are going to intrigue us just as much as the murder of Captain Von Trapp himself. (Christopher Plummer plays Harlan Thrombey, and I am delighted.)

Maybe don’t watch this trailer more than once, unless you don’t care about the movie. Or maybe try to remember all the details to figure out the mystery before anyone else in your theater, if that’s your thing. At least we all know that Knives Out is going to send us all down our own detective paths and get us excited to figure out who murdered the patriarch of the Thrombey family!

Anyway, here’s what is really important.

Get ready to spend Thanksgiving begging your family to go to the movie theater, because Knives Out is definitely a movie we’re not going to want to miss.

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As I Wish, Let’s Not Remake The Princess Bride

I’m Team Stop Remaking Everything, Original Work Exists, but I’m not opposed to seeing a good remake. That being said, leave The Princess Bride alone. There are so many potential movies out there from diverse writers that are not being made for … what? So we can remake something we already have instead? Yeah, sure, we can make this same movie again with a new cast and change the story for a modern audience—or we can adapt this idea into something completely new and let a different writer’s voice be heard!

It’s the same argument with television shows. Reboots rely on name recognition to bring in audiences rather than tell new stories that engage us, and I’d rather they just leave the originals alone. And I’m not alone in this mentality.

Luckily for us all, Twitter stepped up in defense of the movie. Everyone seemed on the same page: Don’t touch it.

Anyway, let’s all listen to the Dread Pirate Roberts himself and let The Princess Bride live, because the idea of a remake? Inconceivable!

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Celebrate Cheeseburger Day With Your Faves Who Love Cheeseburgers the Most

Tony Stark in Iron Man

For many of us, cheeseburgers are a delightful meal for any day, but on days like today, we get to celebrate them! National Cheeseburger Day is one of those holidays where you probably see it trending on Twitter and ask yourself how this is a thing, but then again, I went out and bought a cheeseburger because of it, so whoever is in charge is onto something.

So, to help celebrate our love of cheeseburgers, we’re taking a look at the characters in our movies and television shows who love a good burger whenever they’re down in the dumps. Because really, who doesn’t love a nice burger when they are feeling a little blue?

Good Burger

Good Burger became the voice of a burger-loving generation. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell brought the sketch to life on All That, and from there, many of our young minds loved to say, “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?” whenever it was applicable. Did these two love burgers? Probably, but this is more about all of us loving to quote this sketch every time we walked into a burger restaurant and can you blame us?

Kenan and Kel working at Good Burger

Supernatural

While Dean Winchester from Supernatural loves to eat pie and pretty much anything you put in front of him, the show itself has had an entire episode dedicated to Castiel wanting nothing more than a burger. Relatable, mainly because on days like today, I find myself saying “same” more than ever before. (I did go to McDonald’s today, even though it was slightly out of the way, because I had to have a burger.)

Dean Winchester eating

Pulp Fiction

Ah yes, the iconic scene from Pulp Fiction, because Samuel L. Jackson saying that this is a “tasty burger” is probably a mantra for many of us every time we take a bite into any kind of burger. Does it apply to all of Pulp Fiction? Not in the slightest, but it is a mood I respect and also love that these guys were just trying to eat their burger, and then Jules Winnfield comes in and takes the Big Kahuna Burger from them.

Samuel L Jackson eating a burger

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

High Harold and Kumar decide that they need White Castle. The problem? It takes them on a wild journey that leads to them fighting against Neil Patrick Harris. Still, their desire for burgers took them through the thick of it and reminded them both that Wilson Philips gets it as they both belted “Hold On” on their journey to the ultimate burger.

Harold and Kumar eating White Castle

Spongebob Squarepants

His entire life was set around being the best burger cook the Krusty Krab had ever seen. You bet your ass that Spongebob Squarepants is loving today, and maybe this is the character we should all honor today. He’s a cook who loves a good burger. But also, Patrick Star could eat us all under the table, so maybe not.

Patrick Starr and burgers

Iron Man/Tony Stark

Tony Stark, the character I wanted to talk about most—unsurprising considering I love talking about Tony Stark. But, his love of cheeseburgers is probably one of the most relatable things about him as a character, that and his hatred of being handed things. As soon as Tony gets back from Afghanistan, he wants two things: A press conference and a cheeseburger.

Tony Stark cheeseburger

He ends up with multiple cheeseburgers and eats them in front of reporters, but it’s a lovely little look into the character that carries throughout the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, leading to a heartfelt moment in Avengers: Endgame that left me crying over a line about cheeseburgers.

And that is a trait he also passed down to his daughter, Morgan.

Hope you’re all sad now! Go out, get your cheeseburger on, and remember the characters who also would love a nice trip to McDonald’s.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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