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.