Rutgers Webcam Defendant Dharun Ravi: 'I Was Stupid'
Friday, March 23, 2012
The former Rutgers student convicted of using a web cam to spy on his roommate during an intimate encounter with a man said he was “stupid” when he spied on Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide days after the incident.
In his first broadcast interview since he was convicted on 15 charges including a hate crime, Dharun Ravi told ABC News he never considered Clementi’s feelings in the matter.
“Looking back, I was very self-absorbed of the whole thing,” Ravi said during the interview. “It was just about what I was thinking, how I was reacting to everything, It was never, what if Tyler finds out, how is he going to feel about it? I was 18. I was stupid. I wouldn't think about my actions more than a minute in the future.”
Ravi says he did not try to intimidate or bully Clementi, and that he harbors no ill will toward gay people.
Ravi also claims that the way he was portrayed in the media and during the trial is not an accurate reflection of reality.
The 20-year-old former Rutgers students faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to his native India. He's scheduled to be sentenced on May 21st.
The unedited interview will run on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, in a written statement released Friday, Clementi's father, Joseph Clementi, said the jury got it right.
"They reached their decision based on the facts shown by the evidence," Tyler Clementi's father, Joseph Clementi, said in a written statement. "At the conclusion of the trial, the defense's explanation of what happened was simply not believable."He said the defense's account of Ravi's actions, including the assertion that Ravi wasn't trying to intimidate his son, was "simply not believable."
The family didn't say what punishment would be appropriate.
Meanwhile, the other man in the live streaming video - identified in court only by the initials M.B. - said Ravi, deserves prison time for his actions.