Tyler Clementi's date testified today for several hours in the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is charged with spying on his Rutgers roommate and broadcasting it via webcam to other students, before Clementi committed suicide, jumping off the George Washington bridge in 2010, ABC News reports:
The witness, known only by the initials M.B., was asked to read aloud texts he sent to Clementi, saying "What's up sexy." Under cross examination, M.B. admitted that their encounters turned to sex within minutes of seeing one another, that one of their three dates lasted less than an hour, and that M.B. never even knew Clementi's last name until he read about his death in the newspaper.
M.B., who is about 30, talked about noticing the webcam, and the prying eyes of other students shortly thereafter:
"I noticed there was a webcam, faced over in the direction of the bed. I just thought it was strange. Being in a compromising position, it just caught my eye that there was a camera lens looking right at me...I started walking down toward the end of the hallway. A group of people standing there were looking at me...it seemed unsettling."
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Prior to M.B.'s testimony, a string of Rutgers students testified about the week during which the alleged spying occurred, disclosing that Ravi told friends that he had spied on Clementi's Sept. 19 date and planned to do it again during another date on Sept. 21. Ravi sent Twitter messages about the spying, and invited others to activate his webcam remotely to watch the tryst as well, the students testified. The students also told the court that Ravi had not expressed any animosity towards gays or towards Clementi.