September 30th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Student's apparent suicide linked to webcast of sexual encounter

On the evening of September 19, Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi is believed to have sent a message by Twitter about his roommate, Tyler Clementi.

"Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay."

Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, surreptitiously placed the camera in their dorm room and broadcast video of Clementi's sexual encounter on the internet, the Middlesex County prosecutor's office said. Ravi tried to use the webcam again on two days later, on September 21.

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," Ravi is believed to have tweeted.

The next day, Clementi was dead.

New Jersey authorities said he apparently committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson River between New
Jersey and New York. A law enforcement source told CNN that Clementi's wallet
and cell phone were found on the bridge.

A week later, the New York City Police harbor unit recovered the body of an unidentified male from the Hudson River. Thursday, authorities were trying to determine if it was Clementi's body.


Filed under: Crime • Gay and lesbian • Justice • U.S. • Uncategorized
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. jeff

    i like too see you learn a second form of talking white but then again your amercan. so that wont happen. your just like all the other retards they send at less i try. DOWN WITH THE USA!!!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John.D.85

    it's disturbing how stupid some of you are. nobody knows what another person is feeling. would you still say this about someone if it was a sibling you loved who jumped? or a best friend?

    September 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      You can't help but feel the sorrow here. But why is it, when wounds of sorrow are open, people refused to dwell on the casualty of truths laid aside in waste? Truths that could have avoided all this in the first place.

      September 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stonegod

    Hey people this Jeff dude is a pathedic fake!!!! He most likely lives an empty pathedic life in america!!!! He claims to be a Iraq native??? When is the last time you heard of a native iraq person named Jeff?

    September 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. darcie cochran

    jeff. first of all, your spelling is horrible which probably explains your ignorance. i would like to see the webcam that shows your head up your butt which is where it looks like its at from your comments.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kevin

    This is utterly ridiculous! I hope they get the max of 5 years. A life was lost. What they had nothing better to do with themselves or were they getting their "rocks off".

    September 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      land of the free and if you can't take the heat jump off a bridge

      November 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. darlene

    Most of the comments on here are uncalled for hope your kids are not hiding their being GAY

    September 30, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed says stop your vexing and hexing!

      Darlene, save your ill-will for those bones in your own closet. All parents love their children and want the best for their children and give them their best. It is up to the child to turn their parental blessings into a pot of gold or a handful of jellybeans!

      September 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. darlene

    Kevin I agree with you 100%.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed says lynch mob

      I disagree with you Darlene(judge) Kevin(jury) and Chaka Freak (executioner)...that's for the courts to decide not your opinion.!

      September 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ray

    this young man had every right to expect privacy in his dorm room these two spoiled rotten little creeps thought it would be fun to spy on him and broadcast him in an intimate moment whose laughing now and the most they could get is five years that in it self is a tragedy

    September 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed to Ray Get Real!

      You go off campus for privacy! There is no privacy in a one room dormitory with two beds less than 4ft apart. You go off campus! Stop buying into the B-movie scenes about dormitory xes!

      September 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chaka frink

    when did the WORLD get so judgemental. The fact is his privacy was invaded and the effect was him taking his own life. The two people involved should be punished it was his secret to keep,not their choice to expose.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed to Ray Get Real!

      Who said his lifestyle was a secret? They exposed an intimate moment. Horriblly inappropiate, but Roomate webcamed his own room a area without privacy to either parties whom under the living arrangement had equal access to at all times. I don't know what law the Roomate broke other than trust. Where is YouTube cupability for permitting it on the page without the party involved consent?

      September 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed to Chaka-Freak Get Real!

      Why is the school not held cupable for permitting xes in the dormitory knowing that the living arrangement and design of the dormitory rooms are prohibitive to privacy: for one room with multiple-beds in a room and legally nothing prevent those assign to multiple quarters any degree of privacy. Some place have multiple stalls and showers in one room. Share bathrooms where neither party can be locked out while in use.

      September 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      stop crying , he solved he problem by jumping

      November 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Sally

    I cannot believe what poor judgement the two students that violated the young man's civil rights. How do their families feel about what these two very childish people did to Mr. Clementi?
    Hold them accountable for causing the death of a promising young man.
    This makes me sick.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Melissa

    @Jeff You should be embarrassed by your comments. They demonstrate a complete lack of education (still wondering what a losser is). It is obvious you are not a bright, talented young man as the deceased was. You are intolerant and ignorant. @David Being gay is not an illness nor is it a hormone imbalance. Here we have more ignorance. If the unfortunate man who was obviously a victim of a hate crime had not been gay, his peers would never have even had the thought cross their minds to broadcast his intimate moments. They may have been good kids who used poor judgment however; their actions should not go unpunished. You live, you learn (well, not Jeff). Every action results in reaction.

    September 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      if he was so smart why did he jump, da

      November 12, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    Melissa? So if this suicidal student was shown making "love" to his neighbors dog, animal rights activists would rightly be upset? The man boys that webcast this event would be hate-criminals? Or just silly little manboys doing what silly little manboys do.would be my guess.

    October 1, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Interesting scenario...

    The webcammers would be heroes not invading privacy, animal rights activists would laud them, the courts still wouldn't charged sodomy but would get him for beastlity or animal cruelty...the horrible, tragic outcome would still be the same for youtubing abusing animals...look what happened to Michael Vic.

    October 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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