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Rutgers webcam suicide case: New details revealed!


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nj.com / Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 2:19 PM.

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Facebook: A photo of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, posted on his Facebook page before he committed suicide. The student took his life a few days after his roommate allegedly spied on him with a webcam.

NEW BRUNSWICK — In the weeks before his suicide last year, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi confided to a friend that he had met a 25-year-old man he wanted to bring back to his dorm room.

Clementi debated paying $35 for a hotel room. But the 18-year-old ultimately decided to bring his new friend back to his room despite fears his roommate, Dharun Ravi, might walk in on the couple in an intimate encounter.

"That would be so awk tho lol ... him walking in," Clementi said in an instant message chat with a friend.

Ravi didn't walk in — but allegedly used a webcam to watch Clementi and the other man kissing, with their shirts off. A few days later, on Sept. 22, Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge in a suicide that made national headlines.

New details about the days leading up to Clementi’s death — and the growing tension between the roommates over his sexuality — were revealed today in hundreds of pages of documents released in a court filing by Ravi’s attorney.

Ravi is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and other charges related to Clementi’s death.

The transcripts show Clementi, a shy violinist from Ridgewood, and Ravi, a tech-savvy computer geek from Plainsboro, were worried about living together from nearly the moment they learned each other’s names. Clementi also reveals in instant messaging chats that he had recently told his family he was gay and felt his mother had "rejected" him.


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