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Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck was arrested on suspicion of running a "drug den" after a third man allegedly suffered a methamphetamine overdose last week at his Los Angeles home, authorities say.

Buck, 65, faces felony charges of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a statement Tuesday.

Prosecutors described Buck as "a violent, dangerous sexual predator" who "preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness" in court documents.

The 37-year-old man injected with methamphetamine survived the Sept. 11 incident, but at least two other men have been found dead in Buck's home from overdoses in recent years, prosecutors say

"With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck," Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement. 

In the span of 18 months, Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55, both black men, died in Buck's West Hollywood apartment, and prosecutors said he "nearly killed a third victim last week." 

"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes," prosecutors wrote in court papers, alleging that his "aggressive and malevolent behavior led to" the two men's deaths.

"The defendant's predatory acts and conscious disregard for human life must be stopped," prosecutors wrote.

Buck's bail was set at $4 million, and he is due in court Wednesday. He faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison if convicted, prosecutors say.

Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

In January, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said they were investigating Buck after Dean was found dead. As with Moore's death in July 2017, Buck was present at the home when detectives responded, authorities said at the time, and drug paraphernalia and sex toys were found in his apartment, court documents allege.

An autopsy report said Moore died of a methamphetamine overdose, and he was found naked on a mattress in the living room.

In both cases, Amster described the men as friends of Buck and denied any wrongdoing by his client. Buck was not charged in either death at the time.

"Still not deterred despite two deaths in his apartment, Buck persisted in his malevolent  behavior," prosecutors say in the court records filed Tuesday.

The man who overdosed this month was identified only as "Joe Doe" in court records, and authorities say Buck first administered a large dose of methamphetamine on Sept. 4. The man left the apartment to seek medical help because he thought he was overdosing, prosecutors say.

The man returned days later, and after Buck allegedly injected him with two large doses of methamphetamine, he "thwarted" the man's attempts to seek help, prosecutors say. The man was able to flee and called 911 for medical help, records show.

Prosecutors also say sheriff's deputies found "hundreds of photographs, taken in Defendant Buck's residence, of men in compromising positions."

"It is only a matter of time before another one of these vulnerable young men dies of an overdose," prosecutors say.

Buck is a former West Hollywood City Council candidate and is well known in LGBTQ political circles in Los Angeles.

According to Open Secrets, which tracks political contributions, he has donated thousands of dollars over the years to Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as the Democratic Party and affiliated political action committees.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow USA TODAY's Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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