Timothy Dean, the 55-year-old gay pornstar discovered dead last month inside Democratic megadonor Ed Buck’s apartment, may have predicted his own demise.
Before his death, Dean told friends that Buck was a “f—-ing devil” and warned them to stay away from his West Hollywood home, adding, “I’m not going over there either. S—, I’m not trying to end up dead.”
A member of the National Gay Basketball Association and a Saks Fifth Avenue employee, Dean is the second gay black man discovered dead inside Buck’s apartment in the last 17 months. In July 2017, 27-year-old male prostitute named Gemmel Moore died of an apparent meth overdose while visiting the LGBT activist’s home.
Dean met a similar end on Jan. 7. Attorney Seymour Amster, who is representing Buck, told the Los Angeles Times that Dean “was an old friend who died of an accidental overdose, and unfortunately, we believe that the substance was ingested at some place other than the apartment. The person came over-intoxicated.”
However, Ottavio Taddei, Dean’s roommate of three years, had trouble believing that his friend would succumb to a drug overdose. “He was a wonderful person … I lived with him and he never did drugs,” Taddei told local a local broadcaster. “I’ve never seen him on drugs, ever.”
But Dean’s ex-roommate could be wrong, according to people familiar with Buck’s pattern of abuse when it comes to young black sex workers. Following Moore’s death, his family discovered a journal entry where he blamed Buck for his drug problems.
“I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” the entry reads. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.” Another entry reads: “If it didn’t hurt so bad, I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”
West Hollywood predator
Dean had similar premonitions regarding his death. DeMarco Majors, Dean’s associate, told The Daily Beast that his friend was complaining about nonstop text messages coming from Buck, and warned him to stay away from the Democrat philanthropist’s home. “Ed Buck hits me up all the time, and I don’t answer none of his text messages. Don’t you take your a– over there,” Dean warned.
According to social critic Jasmyne Cannick, who has covered the two deaths at length, several witnesses have come forward to describe abuse at Buck’s hands. Specifically, Cannick accused him of using the internet “to stalk and prey on young, black gay men who are usually homeless, HIV-positive, and often work as male escors.”
Another young man recently came forward to allege abuse at the hands of Buck. Jermaine Gagnon, 28, claims that Buck flew him to Los Angeles, drugged his drink and injected him with drugs. Gagnon added that Buck prefers men who are “young, black, handsome and well-endowed” and that he was “quite open about being very generous to the black community.”
Buck’s attorney disputes accounts that his client could have played a role in Dean’s death. “We are in possession of text messages from Mr. Dean to Mr. Buck that refute the picture the Daily Beast is trying to paint of the relationship between Mr. Dean and Mr. Buck,” Amster explained. “The text messages do not put Mr. Dean in a good light. We are sure that law enforcement are in possession of these texts as well.” Amster continued, “If this matter ends up in a courtroom — and that is a big ‘IF’ — we will then decide if it is necessary to disclose Mr. Dean’s secret life.”
After a second death at Buck’s residence, however, police are interested in exploring the circumstances surrounding both overdoses. A lieutenant with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department told The New York Times that Dean’s death is “suspicious” and promised to open an investigation to “determine if it is criminal in nature.”