October 6th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Lawyers for Rutgers student caution against 'uninformed assumptions'

Lawyers for Rutgers University student Molly Wei said they welcomed an investigation into the suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi, saying it would clear her of charges she faces in connection with his death. 

"This is a tragic situation. But this tragedy has also unfairly led to rampant speculation and misinformation, which threaten to overwhelm the actual facts of the matter.  Those true facts will reveal that Molly Wei is innocent. Molly committed no crime. Her remarkable reputation is being unjustly tarnished by uninformed and incorrect assumptions," attorneys Rubin Sinins and Eric Kahn said in a statement Wednesday.

Wei, 18, and Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, have been charged with invasion of privacy. The pair allegedly placed a camera in Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and streamed his sexual encounter with another man online, the Middlesex County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office said.

"Molly is a wonderful, caring and talented young woman with a bright future. That future is being threatened by unfounded attacks upon her character. This classic rush to judgment ignores Molly’s basic right to fairness and presumption of innocence. We can only hope, for everyone’s sake, that the truth will not be forever lost in the process. Neither Molly nor anyone else should be used to further the agenda of others," the attorneys said.

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  1. damian wendling

    Okay first of all im not saying place all the blame on her but if she was aware or the tapeing why should she be able to not be charge with his room mate sure she may not of known to the full extent what her actions would have done but a human being was eploited and exposed and now hes dead i say charge her with the rest of them she shouldnt go free or there is no justice left in this world.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I guess the only questions in guilt for Ms. Wei is if she had knowledge that her computer was being used to exploit this private and personal moment in Mr. Clementi life. If she did, than no amount of talent she has was more inportant than the talent that was silenced. On two separate evenings the act of using her computer to broadcast someones private intimate moments were abused. Clementi did want and asked for privacy and thought he was getting it. It was betrayed.
      Participation and proof is the key here. Can they prove she was in the room ?

      October 7, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Damon Amos

    The amount of justice in this country is next to none. I know they didn't push him off the bridge but they certainly empowered him and now a young, smart and talented college student is dead because of their negligence. Personally, I would love to see them charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of this young man. "Molly is a wonderful, caring and talented young woman with a bright future." What a crock of horsesh***.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. google

    they did NOT throw him, push him , talk him into jumping off of that bridge ! yes, they may have crossed the line as far as privacy goes, but the guy was who he was (gay) and obviously it bothered HIM enough to end his life over it !! these other kids did ot force him into anything ! If I'm gay , I had better expect to deal with the reaction from the public .....if I can't deal with it ??? welll....

    October 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn Tan

      @ google: He ended his life not because he was gay but because he felt so despondent and humiliated after his private acts were broadcast to the world by his supposed friends. That is the evidence.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lin McKay

    Rubin Sinins and Eric Kahn are paid to defend Molly Wei's reputation but do they see IDIOT on our foreheads??? Wei allowed Ravi to use her personal computer in her personal space while she was present and shared in the viewing of the streamed illegally video taping of Tyler Clementi. How can anyone think she is innocent? Wei should have said to Ravi, "That is not a good thing to do. You can't use my computer to view or share the streaming." Did she, NO. Molly Wei will stand trial and the jury can look at the whole picture. It is ridiculous to listen to the Wei family's legal team before all the facts are on the table. Jurors are smart and will consider all the evidence. I can see why the attorneys and the Wei family fear for Molly Wei's trial and potential sentencing to prison. Young women like her have a hard time behind bars and the opportunities to go to school while on the inside are limited. It can be done if the parents have money and it seems that the Wei family have the funds. Justice for Tyler is all that matters.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cortney

    Hey Molly, grow up fast. And also, hire some better PR.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Isabel

    I question myself what anyone's personal perference has to do with this all. In my opinion absolutlely nothing! I do agree with the statements about no one pushing him over a bridge and so forth but both Clementi's room mate and Wei are adults. Regardless whether he was gay or not, you are to respect another person's privacy. They both violated and disrespected Clementi. Think outside the box, Clementi had to deal with the fact that he was gay, and deal with the humilation of others because two bored students decided to act as children and publicize his business on the world wide web. Yes, he committed suicide but we don't know what was running through his head when he did what he did. Both his roomate and that Wei girl are held accountable for their actions whether she knew what was going to happen before or after she is as responsible as the other and there are no excuses to be made for it. If she is so smart and bright she should have known to act as a smart and bright child and not assist on putting a camera in someone elseMs room and allowing for her accomplice to publicize and humilate another student. The point of the matter shouldn't be based on Clementi being gay but that it can happen to anyone. To put yourseleves in Clementi's parent's shoes and ask yourself how would you feel?!?

    October 7, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Isabel

    I question myself what does anyone's personal perference has to do with this all? In my opinion absolutlely nothing! I do agree with the statements about no one pushing him over a bridge and so forth but both Clementi's room mate and Wei are adults. Regardless whether he was gay or not, you are to respect another person's privacy. They both violated and disrespected Clementi. Think outside the box, Clementi had to deal with the fact that he was gay, and deal with the humilation of others because two bored students decided to act as children and publicize his business on the world wide web. Yes, he committed suicide but we don't know what was running through his head when he did what he did. Both his roomate and that Wei girl are held accountable for their actions whether she knew what was going to happen before or after she is as responsible as the other and there are no excuses to be made for it. If she is so smart and bright she should have known to act as a smart and bright child and not assist on putting a camera in Clementi's room: a smart bright individual would try and convince the other his wrong doing, who knows we are only getting bits and pieces of this. They BOTH deserve to pay the consequences of their actions and they BOTH know what they did they're actions led to the death of an individual who held a bright furture ahead of himself as well as theirs.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. SAINT

    Sinins statement is certainly true...She (Wei) is being used to further the agenda of others. The facts are simple-

    The media is trying to lump Wei together with Ravi as one which is wrong – Charges should be dropped against Molly-

    October 7, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Acessory to a crime?

      October 7, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Johncc

      I agree with SAINT. The media is using "the pair" without further investigating the involvement that Wei had in this incident.
      Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I remember Jesus said" If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. " Let's calm down and stop criticizing. Most importantly, we need to tell our kids to watch whom they are friends with.

      October 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pamela

    wow.
    what a bummer.. instead of the yearly $45,000 tuition the wei family will now be forced to spend $145,000 on lawyers.
    thank god they have the financial capacity to help her!
    i guess it would have been a heck of a lot easier and cheaper to just teach her the golden rule.. rather than spend all those bucks on SAT prep classes and tutors....

    October 7, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Peter

    A great talk show host here in Los

    Angeles, Dennis Prager, mentioned during

    one of his shows several years ago that

    in the Hebrew language there is a word (I

    cannot recall it now) that describes the

    act of killing someone's soul by utterly

    destroying their dignity and reputation

    through the use of extreme humiliation.

    The tormentors leave no indiscretion or

    private moment of their victim safe from

    exposure, skinning the bark off the tree

    so to speak. Such an act so utterly

    humiliates and publicly defiles their

    victim that they have left only the shell

    of the person behind, hollowed out of all

    his dignity and sense of self-respect.

    What Mr. Ravi and Ms. Wei did to Tyler

    Clementi was more than just spying. If it

    was just spying the video feed would have

    been limited just to Ms. Wei's computer.

    Enjoying their show just among themselves

    was not satisfying enough for these two.

    Their objective was much more pernicious.

    They wanted to utterly humiliate and

    destroy Mr. Clementi by broadcasting an

    act that they knew would completely

    devastate their shy 18-year-old victim.

    This was no innocent college prank gone

    awry, this was a cruel and merciless

    killing of someone's dignity and self-

    worth. You might say Tyler Clementi was

    dead long before he jumped off the George

    Washington Bridge. Mr. Ravi and Ms. Wei

    did a fine job of stripping away

    completely one young man's dignity and

    self-worth. Not a trace of bark was left

    on the tree.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Funny&Silly

      Peter,

      What you said here by far is the most poignant and thoughtful comment I've seen so far in regarding to this infuriating(Ravi & Wei) tragedy(Clementi). Whatever happens to "Do unto others what you want others do unto you"? It takes much more than just getting good grades and having money, which the two alleged perpetrators definitely possess, to be respectful human beings. These two seem to have no decency but cruelty – they enjoyed demoralizing someone who's sensitive and vulnerable. They might not want to kill but definitely intent to harm. Ravi is most likely the mastermind, and Wei is the accomplice if she knew but did nothing about the crime.

      October 7, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacie

      Excellent post Peter. What these two people did to Tyler was one of the cruelest things imaginable. Both should definitely be charged and pay the piper. It won't bring Tyler back to this world, but I'm glad that it is bringing this subject up for discussion. What people do behind closed doors is private – nobody else's business but the people behind those doors. Shame on the 2 kids who did this to Tyler. Shame on them and their parents should be ashamed also!

      October 7, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    Would we even be having this discussion if the Rutgers student was shown online making love to his wife?. Probably. But I doubt he would have killed himself over it. And I doubt he would have been even the least bit ashamed.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    My point is? That there isn't the least bit of personal shame attatched to one's making love to his wife. If a "peeping tom" films and shows it online, that peeper should be charged with a crime.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    There is a murderer in our midst and we are focusing on some collegiate praksters? Tyler murdered one of his parents children. (murder: the taking of human life with malice aforethought)

    October 7, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    Suicide, NOT college pranks, is the lowest form of selfish cowardice.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Funny&Silly

      Phil,

      Are you related to the young criminals? Did the lawyers hire you as their clients' PR? Maybe you should get an x-ray to see if there's a heart in you!

      If the dead victim was your son, you wouldn't be so un-empathetic. The perpetrators are young adults, not children! Even kids in middle school know what these two did was totally wrong!! If the broadcast (especially a PRIVATE intimate situation of a shy young gay man) wasn't so demoralizing or harmful, Ravi wouldn't have publicized it – that makes it BIAS. He put someone's life on the line so he can have a laugh – a malicious prank gone wrong! They're responsible to a certain degree for the death of Tyler. Drunk drivers don't mean to kill, but they sometimes do. If one is old enough to do the crime, one is old enough to do the time.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    Funny silly, college kids prank all the time. And these Rutgers kids did in fact commit a crime. But they aren"t murderers. The one that pushed Tyler off the bridge is the murderer, and that one was Tyler himself. If he were my son, his comitting suicide before talking to me about it would upset me most. Even if my son were gay I would hope he would do this. Most people don't argue that suicide is selfish, yet you do. why?

    October 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Another self righteous person making the victim become the villain. Bet Phil is raising his own little monsters who are just like the two losers who humiliated Tyler. You are just what this world needs less of.

      October 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
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