Granville Adams

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Granville Adams (born 1963) is an American actor best known for his role as Zahir Arif on the HBO television series Oz. He also had a recurring role on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street as Officer Jeff Westby.

On February 4, 2007, Adams was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide for the death of one man in a nightclub. According to police reports, Adams got into an altercation with Orlando Valle at BED New York, a Manhattan nightclub of which Adams was a manager. Adams was accused of pushing Valle against the elevator doors of the sixth floor club causing the doors to become unhinged and Valle to fall down the shaft to his death.[1] According to Adams' attorneys, Adams was trying to break up an altercation between a patron and an employee when Valle attacked Adams from behind and Adams acted in self-defense by throwing Valle off of his back. Adams was released on $5,000 bail and faced up to four years in prison.[2] BED New York has since closed down due to the incident.[3] On June 30, 2007, a judge dropped the charges against Adams.[4] Valle's family has filed a civil suit against Adams.[5]


  1. ^ Ferdowsi, Naseem (2007-02-04). "'Oz' Actor Charged in Elevator Shaft Death". ABC News. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  2. ^ The Associated Press (2007-02-05). "Actor Arrested in Death at Chelsea Club". WCBS 880. Retrieved 2007-04-20.[dead link]
  3. ^ Johnson, Richard (2007-02-13). "It's Time to Just Put It to Bed". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  4. ^ "Actor Cleared in Manhattan Club Elevator Death". 1010 WINS. 2007-06-30. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  5. ^ Wilensky-Lanford Ethan (2007-07-01). "Man Cleared in Fatal Fall at Nightclub". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-09-22.

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