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Actor on HBO Series 'Oz' Arrested at Foxwoods

16 December 2001

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- Dec. 16, 2001 -- As reported by the Associated Press: ``A television actor who once rode with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang was arrested and ejected from the Foxwoods Resort Casino Saturday night after refusing to remove a jacket bearing the Hells Angels logo.

``Charles `Chuck' Zito, who plays a prison crew boss on the critically acclaimed HBO series `Oz,' was charged with first-degree criminal trespass by state police after he refused to remove his Hells Angels jacket.

``Zito ... was at the casino at the invitation of HBO to attend the Evander Holyfield-John Ruiz WBA heavyweight fight.

``...He never made it into the arena. Casino officials asked Zito to remove his jacket, but he refused, police said. When told he would have to either remove the jacket or leave, Zito refused to do either, prompting troopers to arrest him.

```He was very cooperative and the arrest was made without incident,' said state police Sgt. Ken Kelly.

``...Casino spokesman Bruce McDonald said Foxwoods has a rule barring patrons from wearing gang colors in the casino for fear it will incite violence.

``...He (Zito) said he intends to sue Foxwoods, ''no matter if it's an Indian reservation or not,'' because he feels his civil rights were violated..."

``...A member of the Hells Angels for more than 22 years, Zito said he refused to take off his jacket because he was defending his beliefs..."

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