Indian-American student denies streaming sex video

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Mon, Nov 01, 2010 16:14 hrs

New York: The lawyer of 18-year-old Dharun Ravi has denied that the Indian American student streamed live feed of his gay roommate having sex, which is believed to be the cause of his suicide.

The lawyer for Molly Wei, who is also accused of invasion of privacy, said that they both watched it only for a few seconds.

Ravi's lawyer, Steve Altman, told the Newark Star-Ledger that, "When the forensic evidence from all the seized computers is revealed, the truth will come out."

"Nothing was transmitted beyond one computer and what was seen was only viewed for a matter of seconds," he added.

The lawyers argued that that the students who watched the transmission in Wei's computer only saw two men hugging and kissing.

"I'm unaware of any evidence of sexual contact," said Rubin Sinins, Wei's attorney.

"I'm also unaware of any evidence that any video was recorded, reproduced or disseminated in any way."

In September, reports emerged that the recording of a university student having sex with another man, which was broadcast online, led to 18-year-old, Tyler Clementi, jumping off from George Washington Bridge in New York.

"Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay," Ravi wrote on Twitter, after allegedly streaming the video online through instant messaging on September 19.

The American media reported that Ravi tried to do the same thing, two days later.

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," Ravi wrote in the September 21 post, according to MSNBC.

Clementi killed himself the following day, and his parents said in a statement they were "heartbroken."

Gay rights groups have described the incident as a "hate crime."

Other observers pointed out that technology also played a role in the tragedy. Clementi's post on his Facebook page, dated September 22 at 8:42 pm. read, "Jumping off the GW bridge sorry."

The two arrested teens could have up to five years in prison.

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