A Witness in the Rutgers Trial Admits He Lied

Lokesh Ojha | photo from The Star-Ledger

According to ABC News, a witness for the Rutgers trial admitted on the stand that he lied about his role in the alleged webcam spying.

Lokesh Ojha said he was scared and thought his college career was over because he helped Dharun Ravi, who is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest.

According to the article:

Ojha testified today that Ravi asked him for help during the afternoon of Sept. 21.

“He told me that it was happening again…and that he wanted to use my computer,” Ojha said.

When Ojha asked what was happening again, Ravi replied, “Tyler’s encounter with another man,” he testified.

Using Ojha’s computer, Ravi contacted his own webcam which showed Clementi’s half of their dorm room. Ravi then returned to his own room.

“I remember he [Ravi] was walking around. He moved his computer an inch… I saw Tyler’s bed,” Ojha testified.

“I said it was good and he said he couldn’t really hear me and I gave him a thumbs up,” Ojha said.

Ojha also told the court Ravi “told me to send out a text to somebody telling them to check Dharun’s twitter,” which included a message suggesting they watch his webcam that night.

Ravi allegedly set up a webcam in his dorm room to spy on Tyler Clementi’s gay encounter with an older man on Sept. 21, 2010. A few days later, Clementi committed suicide. What happened to Clementi raised national attention as a prime example of anti-gay bullying and cyber bullying.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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