Monday, April 23, 2018

Witness says Rutgers student spoke of 'viewing party'

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man said someone at Rutgers was planning a "viewing party" with beer and rum to watch the dorm room liaison, a high school friend testified Monday.

The revelation came in testimony from Michelle Huang, a Cornell University student who says Dharun Ravi told her about it in a text message on Sept. 21, 2010.

Ravi, 20, is on trial for 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and several charges accusing him of trying to cover his tracks.

The roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010. Since then, the case has sparked a national conversation about the difficulties faced by young gays.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that Ravi intentionally tried to humiliate Clementi. Ravi is not charged in his suicide.

Huang later testified that after Clementi had killed himself, Ravi texted her that the talk of a viewing party was a joke.

Witnesses have said the webcam wasn't working that night.

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