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Lawyers Dispute Allegations In Rutgers Suicide

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Tyler Clementi - Photo: CBS

Tyler Clementi (credit: CBS)

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – Lawyers for two former Rutgers University freshmen accused of webcasting a classmate having sex with a man are disputing allegations against them.

Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were charged with invasion of privacy after Ravi allegedly used a webcam on Sept. 19 to capture his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay sexual encounter. Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge days later.

But Steven Altman and Rubin Sinins, who represent Ravi and Wei respectively, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that the webcam stream was only viewed on a single computer and did not show the men having sex.

Law enforcement officials wouldn’t discuss the lawyers’ claims, citing the ongoing investigation.

Ravi and Wei recently withdrew from Rutgers, and prosecutors are considering whether to charge them with a hate crime.

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