Dharun Ravi (left) & Tyler Clementi
Dharun Ravi, the former student at Rutgers University in New Jersey who outed his gay roommate, allegedly leading to his suicide, has finally apologised.
Earlier this month, Ravi was found guilty of 15 counts of spying on roommate Tyler Clementi via a remote webcam in September 2010.
Just days after his sexual orientation had been exposed on social networks by Ravi, Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.
When the judge sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail, a fine of $10,000, three years’ probation and 300 hours of community service, he pointed out that he had never apologised for the harm he had caused.
On Tuesday, Ravi finally did so. He also said that he would start serving his jail sentence this week despite having appealed the judgment.
“…the sentence does not have to start until the appeal is decided. Nevertheless, I decided to accept and hopefully complete the sentence as soon as possible. It’s the only way I can go on with my life,” said Ravi in a statement.
He went on to apologise: “I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010 and September 21, 2010.
“My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices. I am surrendering myself to the Middlesex County Correctional Facility on Thursday, May 31, 2012, to start my 30-day period of imprisonment.”
Molly Wei, another student involved in the spying, accepted a plea agreement last year, allowing her to avoid prosecution.