Rutgers Witness Says Others Were Urged to Peek at Tyler Clementi


Rutgers Suspect Dharun Ravi Spent 20th Birthday in Court

Nevertheless, after she was initially interviewed by police, she contacted them again on Sept. 27 because she wanted to give them more information. She told them about a conversation she had with several friends at lunch and was surprised when her friends -- who were not in the room when she and Ravi watched Clementi -- brought up the incident.

"One said it was so stupid what Dharun did... And they told me about the twitter, tweets they received about a viewing party," Wei testified. She said she had not been aware that Ravi had tweeted about what they saw on his webcam.

The cross examination of Wei also included the introduction of a series of text messages between Ravi and Wei while she was being questioned by police. Ravi asked her in a text, "did you tell them we did it on purpose?"

She responded, "Yeah..well that we didn't know what we were going to see."

At one point Wei answered, "omg dharun why didn't u talk to me first. I told them everything"

Wei was initially arrested and charged with invasion of privacy, but those charges have been suspended on the condition that Wei complete a pre-trial intervention program which includes Wei's testimony at the trial and doing 300 hours of community service.

Ravi's lawyer Steven Altman asked Wei today that when she voluntarily went to the police a second time on Sept. 27, "Did you think you had committed a crime?"

"I personally felt like I had did something wrong, but I didn't understand the law...I didn't understand what I did to get these charges," Wei replied.

"Is it true you didn't want to go to jail?" Altman asked.

"Yes," she replied.

"Did you learn that if you did PTI [pre-trial intervention] you didn't have to plead guilty?" he asked.

"Yes," she said.

"The only way they would let you into PTI was to testify against Dharun?" Altman asked.

"Yes," she said.

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Altman got Wei to state that the initial charging document was incorrect. The police document that accompanied her arrest said she "recorded" Clementi's date and that she "broadcast" it.

"Did you ever record anything?" Altman asked. "No," she replied.

"Did you ever broadcast anything?" the defense lawyer pressed. "I don't believe I did," Wei answered.

In the news coverage following Clementi's death it was widely reported that the tryst was recorded and broadcast by Ravi. The webcam did not record Clementi and it did not broadcast anything.

Ravi, who was 18 at the time of the incident, turned 20 today.

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