Lawyers Disputing Allegations in Rutgers Sex Tape Suicide

By Karen Araiza
|  Monday, Nov 1, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 AM EDT
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Lawyers Disputing Allegations in Rutgers Sex Tape Suicide

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Lawyers for two former Rutgers University freshmen accused of webcasting a classmate having sex with a man are disputing allegations against them, according to The Star-Ledger:

The secret webcam stream that captured Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man was viewed on a single computer -- and did not show the pair having sex, according to friends and attorneys of the two freshmen charged in the case.

Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were charged with invasion of privacy after Ravi allegedly used a webcam on Sept. 19 to capture his Clementi, his roommate, having a gay sexual encounter.

Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge days later.

"When the forensic evidence from all the seized computers is revealed, the truth will come out," said Steve Altman, Ravi’s attorney. "Nothing was transmitted beyond one computer and what was seen was only viewed for a matter of seconds."

The live feed showed Clementi and another man hugging and kissing, but nothing more, according to the attorneys. And they say the students watched the live feed together in Wei's room on her computer, according to the report.

Law enforcement officials wouldn't discuss the lawyers' claims, citing the ongoing investigation.

Ravi and Wei recently withdrew from Rutgers, and prosecutors are considering whether to charge them with a hate crime.

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