An 18 year old New York student at Rutgers University has committed suicide after his roommate allegedly broadcast him having gay sex on the internet.
Tyler Clementi, a gifted violinist, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River on September 22nd, apparently because he was secretly filmed having sex with another man in his dormitory room.
The roommate, Dharun Ravi and a classmate Molly Wei, both also 18, have been charged with various counts of invasion of privacy, which could land them in jail for up to five years.
It is thought that the encounter was streamed on the internet from a webcam linked to Ravi’s computer in the room.
“Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay,” wrote Ravi on Twitter.
Ravi has claimed that this first broadcast was accidental but it’s has been reported that he attempted to broadcast another sexual scenario involving Clementi a few days later.
The incidents apparently became the subject of gossip on campus. Soon after, Clementi wrote on his Facebook page: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”
“Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words,” said Clementi’s family in a statement.