Former Rutgers University student Molly Wei testified that Dharun Ravi was "freaking out" when he spied on his roommate kissing another man in their Rutgers dorm room via a webcam, reports the Star-Ledger. Only three days later, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after learning that he had been spied upon.
Wei and Ravi were both arrested in September 2010 after allegedly spying on Ravi's roommate on Sept. 19, 2010 by activating a webcam in Ravi's room from Wei's computer, in a room across the hall. They saw Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, for a few seconds kissing a man in their room. "He just opened a chat box with himself," Wei said of Ravi. "After that popped up an image of Tyler and his guest."
She said they both were surprised and shocked when they saw the two kissing, fully clothed. Wei said it was the first time she had ever seen two men kissing. "Initially we were saying how we couldn't tell anyone what had just happened," Wei said. When asked why not, she said "It shouldn't have happened, we saw something that we didn't expect to see and it just felt weird."
But "within the hour," Wei agreed to show some of the video stream "to four other women who visited her dorm room," reports the AP.
Wei also testified that she received "frantic" text messages from Ravi during the time she was questioned by police about the alleged webcam spying of Tyler Clementi's gay tryst.
"Did you tell them we did it on purpose? What did you tell them when they asked why we turned it on? I said we were just messing around with the camera," Ravi said in messages.
Dharun Ravi faces15 criminal counts—including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering, hindering arrest and hate crime charges. Wei agreed to a plea deal and to testify against Ravi, who allegedly used Wei's computer in her dorm room to activate his webcam via Skype.
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