Lawyers Dispute Allegations in Rutgers Suicide

Published November 1, 2010

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Lawyers for two former Rutgers University freshmen accused of webcasting a male classmate having sex with another man are disputing allegations against them.

Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were charged with invasion of privacy after prosecutors say Ravi used a webcam Sept. 19 to capture his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay sexual encounter. Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge days later.

But Steven Altman and Rubin Sinins, who represent Ravi and Wei respectively, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that the webcam stream was only viewed on a single computer and did not show the men having sex.

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

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

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

Written by <P>By Associated Press</P>

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