Despite Dharun Ravi’s attempt to get the entire Twitter world to tune in to his iChat feed of roommate Tyler Clementi‘s dorm room sexual encounter, Ravi and co-suspect Molly Wei — both no longer of Rutgers University — did not see anythings sexual go down, their lawyers insist.
We’ve already seen Ravi and Wei’s supporters mount a mild defense against lifetime branding of them as completely douches. Now their counsel are working to dispel the notion they were a pair of voyeurs hoping to LOL at a classmate’s gay sex romp.
The twosome only saw Clementi, who would go on to kill himself, kissing and hugging another man, their attorneys say, also claiming the pair did not transmit any video and were the only ones who watched it. “When the forensic evidence from all the seized computers is revealed, the truth will come out,” says Steve Altman, Ravi’s attorney. “Nothing was transmitted beyond one computer and what was seen was only viewed for a matter of seconds.” Adds Rubin Sinins, Wei’s attorney: “I’m unaware of any evidence of sexual contact. The statute defining sexual contact refers to nudity and private parts, and, to my knowledge, nothing like that was seen. I’m also unaware of any evidence that any video was recorded, reproduced or disseminated in any way.” (On that last note I will point to Dharun’s Twitter feed, which clearly indicated his intent to “disseminate” the video stream.)
What’s unclear, then, is if Clementi and his partner’s activities stopped with kissing, or if Ravi just failed to do a decent job of aiming his peeping tom webcam. Which could ultimately save his ass.