Dharun Ravi’s Police Interrogation Played For Jurors In Court

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Prosecutors played a video Wednesday of the police interrogation of Dharun Ravi, the student accused of spying on his roommate’s intimate encounter with another man.

Ravi talked to police the day after his Rutgers roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.  As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reports, the video included some of the following exchanges.

Investigator: “He possibly committed suicide. He left some stuff behind — some belongings. We have no contact with him…the evidence is pointing to the fact that, that probably did occur, but we’re not 100 percent sure.”

Police went on to tell Ravi they know he used a webcam to spy on Clementi making out with another man in their dorm room.

Ravi: “We go to the computer and like we turn it on…and in the corner of the screen we see a, we barely see, we saw like someone’s back. It was like obvious that they were being intimate of whatever. So we closed it immediately…and like I just felt really uncomfortable.”

Frustrated, the officer tells Ravi to tell the truth.

Investigator: “Is it safe to say you invaded his privacy?”

Ravi: “Well yes but..I didn’t realize it was like something so private. It was my room also.”

Investigator: “You violated his privacy.”

Ravi: “Yes, I did.”

Investigator: “And you did it deliberately…”

The disc was played for jurors in court as Clementi’s mother tried to hold back tears.

Ravi: “The guy walks in, he’s like…he seems kinda older.”

Just before killing himself, Clementi told friends on Facebook he was going to jump saying he was “sorry.” Minutes later, Ravi sent Clementi a text message that said “I’m sorry if you heard something distorted and disturbing, but I assure you all my actions were good-natured.”

Ravi, who is charged with invasion of privacy and bias intimidation as a hate crime, had to be comforted by his attorney during a break.

Ravi has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He said he was using the webcam to keep an eye on his belongings. Prosecutors also presented evidence they said shows Ravi deleted more than 80 text messages he had sent to friends about the webcam and Clementi.

Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • KLR

    If Dharun Ravi is guilty of invasion of privacy then all parents are guilty of this several times over. And I respect everybody’s opinion but some are just extremely over the top with it. Why would he have apologized in any shape form or fashion? Answer: He would have been in trouble regardless of if he apologized or not. So my guess is that his conscious was eating at him for even telling others to let the shy kid know what he saw. As for the Bias intimidation, why didnt the roommate move in with the RA when offered the option? He obviously wasn’t intimidated by Ravi, and on top of that he brought the guy MB back after the incident which proves he wasnt intimidated. And the so called 2nd incident with the webcam never happened. Ravi turned it off and put his Computer in Sleep mode, just so it didnt happen again. And the I dare you to vid chat me tweet or whatever was obviously sarcastic. So I can see why Ravi did not take the plea. All evidence points to Not Guilty

  • Barack

    Must be great to have a roommate that films you without your knowledge.

    Probably just as good to have a roommate that brings 30 year old guys/prost i tutes he met online to your dorm room

  • Barney Frank

    Ravi is not, in any way, guilty of any crime.

    Clementi didn’t deserve to be spied upon but that is hardly a reason to commit suicide.

    Its not Ravi’s fault that Clementi wanted to make his orientation a secret(Although I find it impossible that people needed him to “come out” for this to be known.

    The DA wants a notch on its belt andclementi’s parents want to be able to blame someone for the death of their depressed son.

  • Mike

    Had Tyler Clemente not killed himself, I believe Ravi would have been disciplined by Rutgers, which would have included being kicked out of Rutgers housing. I suspect Ravi realized he had violated the student code of conduct when he learned of the complaint submitted by Clemente. In response, Ravi’s initial actions were about saving his college career, not a concern about Clenente’s well being. Ravi’s apology to Clementi was more self serving then sincere. Ravi was a very selfish kid, but will he learn from this experience and become an adult with high moral character? I would like to think so.

  • Mike

    Ravi appears to be guilty of everything except perhaps bias intimidation. I believe Ravi was behaving as an immature teenager striving to climb the social ladder in his new college community. He tried to use his roommates gay sexual encounters as a source of joke material to entertain his peers. Sadly, I don’t believe Ravi cared much about the humiliation of Tyler Clemente until Tyler complained and wanted a room change. I believe Ravi’s actions were very careless. He may not hate gays, but isn’t shy about finding them a source of humor. Many may find the conduct hateful. I don’t think there is any evidence of hatred of Clemente. I do believe Ravi’s actions were thoughtless, cruel, inconsiderate and an invasion of privacy. In the end it would be nice to see some signs of remorse by Ravi. He should receive an appropriate punishment that I don’t think should include jail time.

  • Andy

    This guy’s arrogance and desire to clear his name to protect his family honor is going to backfire and get himself deported, since he is NOT a U.S. Citizen. He should have taken the 500 hours of community service plea deal, with no misdemeanor or felony charge attached, and gotten on with his life. Following this trial, things are not going so well for him. He needs to smarten up. People have an uncanny nack of understanding what really went on. He is an immature 18 year old, who’s actions contributed in the death of another person. While he is not solely responsible for Tyler’s death directly. He is linked to it.

  • David Goldstein

    I hope Homeland Security is keeping an eye on this donkey mule Dharun Ravi.

  • Wendy

    Ravi deserves to spend time in jail. But for his actions Tyler would be alive today. Let this be a lesson to all.


    Ravi is 100% innocent.

    • Tom


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