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Man Known As ‘M.B.’ In Tyler Clementi Case Fears Privacy Will Be Invaded

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Tyler Clementi - Photo: CBS

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBSNewYork/AP) – The man who prosecutors say was captured by a webcam in an intimate encounter with Rutgers student Tyler Clementi has “substantial fear” his privacy will be invaded.

The man, known only as M.B., has asked a judge to reverse his order to turn his name over to attorneys representing Clementi’s roommate.

M.B. told the judge in a written statement he fears his name will leak out.

The judge ruled that prosecutors must disclose the name to Dharun Ravi.

Clementi committed suicide days after the alleged incident, triggering a national conversation about bullying of young gays.

M.B.’s attorney, Richard Pompelio, told The Star-Ledger of Newark the intense media interest in Clementi’s death is one reason why M.B. doesn’t want his identity revealed.

In Sept., lawyers for Dharun Ravi asked that a hate crime charge against him be thrown out.

But a judge ruled prosecutors have provided sufficient evidence to a grand jury for Ravi to be accused of invading Clementi’s privacy, bias intimidation and an attempted cover-up.

Ravi’s attorneys claim prosecutors are withholding evidence that could help clear their client.

The most serious charge against Ravi is bias intimidation, which alleges that Ravi acted because Clementi was gay and carries prison time.

Ravi pleaded not guilty.

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