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"Oz" Star Adams -- Elevator Death Was Accidental

2/5/2007 5:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Granville Adams, the "Oz" star who allegedly pushed a 35-year-old man to his death in an empty five-story elevator shaft, says that he was simply acting in self-defense, and that if anyone (or anything) should be blamed, it's the elevator itself.

Adams was arraigned yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of Orlando Valle early Saturday morning, and TMZ has obtained a copy of the complaint. But Adams' lawyers said in court that the actor shouldn't be held responsible. According to their account, as reported by the New York Daily News, Adams, who was acting as a host at the nightclub BED, was attacked with a glass object on the back of the head, then felt someone climb on his back, whom he threw off.

According to lawyer Edward Kratt, Adams didn't "push" the person, who turned out to be Valle, into the elevator doors -- yet Valle hit the doors with enough force that they opened and Valle fell into the empty shaft, causing, as the complaint reads, "a fractured back, pelvis, and skull." The elevator had passed inspection in June 2006.

Neither Adams' lawyers nor club BED could be reached for comment.

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boypeepee    

lol Between Oz's Adam's death problems and Prison Break's Lane Garrison death problems, these prison shows seem to have...... {{all together, now!}} death problems!!!

2815 days ago
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p. hilton    

I do not think that he should get in trouble for acting in self defense, I mean what the f*** he was protecting himself, I mean don't get me wrong my prayers go out to the family and friends of the lost one, but you know how it goes in Hollywood, if you got money anything no matter how big or small it is you can - a couple of thounsands away from your account.

2815 days ago
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Great Dane    

You mean to tell me he's not just admitting to it????

Lets get real people......

2815 days ago
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nyc    

If you read about it in the NY press it's a lot worse. He started the fight by pushing a girl to the ground and her friend defended her.

2815 days ago
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Ricky Rockhardo    

How the hell do elevator doors just open after something hits them? Elevator doors are pretty solid. So let me get this straight, the guy gets thrown into closed elevator doors, they automatically open like the button was pushed... he falls inside, and then it starts falling down? WHAT THE F*CK MAN.... I DON'T GET IT.

2815 days ago
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beth    

These defense attorneys have to be the sleaziest, lowest life on the planet. Paid liars.

Yeah, it was the elevator's fault.

Next thing, this lowlife will be trying to extort money from some company

2815 days ago
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Seriously    

I'm agree with smokey. Did someone say, "open sesame" and the
elevator doors automatically opened on their own??
Don't think so.

2815 days ago
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Veronica    

Another mother f***ing celebrity murderer. This bastards think they own the f***ing world. Send this a**hole to prison!!!!

2815 days ago
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ANSamotherisamonster    

Have you ever pushed an elevator door? Some are quite easy to open. Before you speculate, research you dumbasses.

2815 days ago
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Black Sheep    

I don't think he should be charged. Who expects elevator doors to pop open? It was negligence but charges? Nah.

2815 days ago
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Only in    

ELVATOR DOORS DO NOT OPEN BY THEMSELVES!!! This story stinks! TMZ please take a closer look at this case, and keep us informed.Thank-You

2815 days ago
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chrislike    

They were on the sixth floor and the elevator was on the second floor. He hit/pushed the guy who flew into the elevator door knocking it off the hooks that kept it closed and in place and badaboom! The poor guy was just trying to keep some disagreement from becoming violent. Now he's dead.

2815 days ago
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Jamie Lynn    

Another one of these egotistical murderers thinking they can get away with anything. Keep putting these idiots on pedastals!

2815 days ago
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Me    

First off, how often do we see the press beef up a story for ratings? Don't believe what you read in the papers!

Have any of you ever actually been to BED? It's not a standard elevator in a high-rise building, it is an old lift type elevator door that is manually drawn open, on rollers.

I know Granville as a calm, mild, good natured guy with no malice in his heart or soul. I wasn't there so I can't say for sure 100% on anything, but people need to look at all of the facts and not just assume any which way that suits the story they like the best.

2815 days ago
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Connie    

Exactly...from what I've heard and read, the deceased was merely trying to be the peace keeper. Regardless, it ended in death and Granville Adams is at fault.


"They were on the sixth floor and the elevator was on the second floor. He hit/pushed the guy who flew into the elevator door knocking it off the hooks that kept it closed and in place and badaboom! The poor guy was just trying to keep some disagreement from becoming violent. Now he's dead."

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