For those that have been paying attention to the case of Tyler Clementi, it has been tragic. Not only because of Clementi’s death, but because of the the lives that have been ruined in its aftermath.
In an exclusive interview with the Star-Ledger, Clementi’s convicted betrayer, Dharun Ravi, who broadcast a tryst between Clementi and a 30-year-old man over the internet, speaks to columnist Mark Di Ionno about the events that led up to Clementi’s suicide.
Here is an excerpt:
Last Friday, after a month-long trial in which Ravi did not testify in his own defense, he was convicted of all 15 counts of privacy invasion, investigation tampering and bias intimidation. He faces a 10-year jail term, with sentencing set for May 21. Prior to the trial, he turned down a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail. But he had to admit to charges of bias intimidation.
“I’m never going to regret not taking the plea,” Ravi said emphatically. “If I took the plea, I would have had to testify that I did what I did to intimidate Tyler and that would be a lie. I won’t ever get up there and tell the world I hated Tyler because he was gay, or tell the world I was trying to hurt or intimidate him because it’s not true.”
Dharun Ravi inside his Plainsboro home on March 21. Ravi, a former Rutgers student, was recently convicted of bias charges during the webcam spying trial that gained national attention. (John O’Boyle/The Star-Ledger)