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A student who illicitly streamed a room-mate’s sexual encounters live over the Internet is facing criminal charges after the room-mate responded by committing suicide.

The incident unfolded at the New Jersey campus dorms of Rutgers University, where two 18-year-old male students were sharing a room together.

One of the students, Tyler Clementi, used the room as a venue for his homosexual encounters with other men, which his room-mate apparently decided it would be interesting to secretly film using a webcam.

The student accused of filming the incident apparently used a now deleted Twitter account to make live streams of his room-mate available to his 148 followers:

“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.”

[…]

“Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again.”

The filmed student is suspected of having complained about the incident on a gay website, becoming particularly upset after commenters expressed sympathy for his room-mate’s having to put up with his homosexual sex sessions:

“People have commented on his profile with things like ‘how did you manage to go back in there? are you okay?’ and the fact that people he was with saw my making out with a guy as the scandal, whereas I mean come on… he was SPYING ON ME…do they see nothing wrong with this?”

After this he was apparently overcome with shame and committed suicide by hurling himself from the local George Washington Bridge – in keeping with the web-centric tone of the story he even updated his Facebook page to tell his friends what he was up to:

“Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”

It seems he did not attempt to report the incident to authorities – only after his suicide was investigated did the events come to light. Police soon took action against his room-mate and the girl from whose room he orchestrated the spying.

New Jersey state law criminalises voyeurism as invasion of privacy, and distributing images of nudity or sex without the consent of participants can carry up to a 5 year sentence. Both students have been charged and released pending trial.

The university reports it will be attempting to prevent future re-occurrences by introducing a programme of “civility” training for students, one of the tenets of which will apparently be to not film people having sex without their permission.

Rutgers University already has some notoriety as a leaked sex-tape hotspot – minor Internet celebrity accrued to an earlier vengefully leaked tape featuring a Rutgers student identified as “Julie,” although with no allegations of gay victimhood involved this incident is apparently a non-issue.

Psychiatrists have speculated that the suicide might have been the result of an undiagnosed mental illness, whilst gay rights groups have called it a hate crime against homosexuals.

Online the incident has predictably proved highly emotive, with responses ranging from denouncing the filmers as murdering hate criminals deserving a one-way trip to the gallows, to denouncing the university as a pernicious den of iniquity in which depraved acts of sodomy are lauded as normal behaviour.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The only fuckin crime here is voyeurism. That's IT.

    Unless we want to start jailing bullies for making other kids cry now.

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    Comment by Russell
    22:43 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, we should actually be jailing bullies in general. Or flogging them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That sounds TOTALLY reasonable.

    Jailing/flogging people for being dicks is fucking retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More/better parenting, not a police state.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you've got a better way to make people stop being dicks to each other, i'd love to hear it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 04/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So your solution is to use threat of imprisonment to make people people play nice with each other? What kind of shit country do you live in to deduce that we need to use police to tell people whether they can be dicks or not?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 04/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and how do you make people be better parents? because leaving it up to themselves to decide doesn't seem to be working out too well.

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    Comment by Guro
    15:26 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wtf my first reaction is that the filmer is the homo! Why the fuck would he watch and stream gay sex everytime it happened? He's a closet homo!

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    Comment by motaku96
    16:04 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh boy, Rutgers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gay angry sex.

    Is there any other kind?

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    14:21 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hate isn't a crime. That's a bullshit phrase and when I hear it, I basically stop listening to whatever other garbage is falling out of that person's mouth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    THat is because you are retarded, MechaTama31.

    A hatecrime isn't called a crime for hatred, it is called a crime because the severity of the crime increases because the crime is about squashing a minority.

    It's pretty much like terrorism, actually. Or would you argue that a child who throws in a window by accident should be punished the same as a Neonazi who was caught after throwing rocks into the house of a jew...which gets vandalized every day by fellow Neonazis?

    Crimes have different severities. Read the fuckling lawbook. This isn't new. What's with you kids not having any idea of how the law works?

    Severity of a crime ALWAYS affects the punishment. Always has, always will.

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    Comment by phisaki
    16:13 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We have terms like "hate crime" to help explain the nature of the crime and criminal involved. We dont just lock people up for the sake of Justice, but also for the sake of the General population. If a man kills a man simply because hes gay,or black, or jewish hes likely to do it again. Thats why the sentencing becomes more severe, to make sure a mindlessly violent person is kept far away from those he would kill. Or at least until he is "rehabilitated"

    Comment by Kudeh
    17:37 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lots of other murders happen for bullshit reasons that suggest the killer is likely to kill again, but they don't get labelled as hate crimes and treated as special.

    Some people kill because someone looked at them the wrong way, or because someone stood on their shoes, or because someone told them they shouldn't smoke in a non-smoking area (I'm not making this shit up). Some people kill for the fun of it. If they kill over such minor things, aren't *they* likely to kill again?

    I see the need to distinguish between murderers who kill because of a one-off incident and murderers who are likely to kill again, but this should be done on a case-by-case basis that looks at the killer's personality. You can't just say that one kind of motivation for murder is special and treat it in a unique way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so bigotry is a bullshit reason now?

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:31 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Um. Did you even bother reading the circumstances of the incident or are you just going on about 'hate crimes' now? Public defamation and releasing spy footage of people without consent to all sorts of privacy issues is the problem here. Hate, Love, that doesn't matter jack in this case.

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    Comment by Henry Townshend
    21:29 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This really pisses me off.

    Here you have a young kid who had everything going for him, then some cock sucking faggots had to go and fuck with his mental well-being and now he's dead because of it.

    I feel for the kid and his family.

    Hopefully the two involved with the streaming get hung or the death chair.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You should reword that a bit. Given the situation, calling the spying roommate the cock sucking faggot is misleading.

    But I would agree. Though not with that last part. I just think he should be ass raped in prison while it is streamed online. Then he can decide if he wants to die or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 5 years are for the spying. Other charges hate-crime related can get more. Now, guess what! Since the spyer likes watching gay sex so much he will get plenty of unwanted gay sex in prison.

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    Comment by Russell
    22:11 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not like he relentlessly bullied the guy, he just posted a sex tape on line. He had no way of knowing that the subject would commit suicide, and it is a very slippery slope to start prosecuting people for murder because someone near them kills himself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I am pretty sure he knew everything wouldn't be peaches and cream doing this. He had the intention of humiliating the guy. This day and age, we all know how that shit ends up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 05/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Intent is key. For manslaughter to stick he would need to have had intent to cause physical injury that resulted in the subjects death.

    It would also stick if he demonstrated recklessness or criminal negligence while causing someones death. He obviously did not ignore a substantial risk, and he obviously did not fail to perceive a substantial risk.

    Manslaughter ain't gonna stick guys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A bit off topic, but is it just me or Artefact forget to bash this guy. Well, talking about creepy fun fact that they are still at war till this day (technically).

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100929/wl_asia_afp/russiajapandiplomacy_20100929150947

    And here's the map.

    http://japanfocus.org/data/Kuril_islands.png

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lulz was made. Let us celebrate humanities stupidity!

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    10:21 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the guy who taped it really is an asshole.

    so what if he's gay? as long as he doesn't invade the privacy of others.

    though killing yourself is just coward's way. you should face reality of being gay, of course people will try to make fun of you and stuff. if you truly accept what you are you should not let others get the best of you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    way to completely miss the point. he didn't kill himself because he was gay, he killed himself because his roommate violated his privacy and then everyone else sympathized with his roommate instead of him.

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    Comment by Myballz
    11:45 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The smart thing he could of done was sue his Room mate for that but instead he killed himself.If he known the laws in the state of New Jersey he would of sent his buddy up the river.

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    Comment by phisaki
    16:12 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Myballz speaks the truth

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that he was gay, proven by the video, so a court would have sided with the scumbags who filmed him.

    Look at the scumbags on this posting offering sympathy to those who commited the crime. These people immediately got tons of support on facebook, bashing the victim.

    Do you seriously think a Jury would be different? Because no. It wouldn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who gives a shit he was a fucking ginger and therefore has no soul

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He should've made an angry ginger video

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 04/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you people are disgusting, absolutely disgusting.

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    10:20 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The university reports it will be attempting to prevent future re-occurrences by introducing a programme of “civility” training for students, one of the tenets of which will apparently be to not film people having sex without their permission."

    Yay~ Free to have sex everywhere and anytime, and you can even ask ppl to film you or not..

    Comment by Kudeh
    17:40 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is one of the many reasons I'm glad I went to a decent university. There was no PC "sensitivity training" bullshit because the authorities trusted people not to call each other niggers and not to film each other having sex without their permission.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your university probably was a hive of racism of homophobia. By the lack of logic you display in your posting, it doesn't surprise me: It can't really have had much quality.

    Your ignorance of the procedure of law undermines that. Was it one of those universities where you bought your degree, by any chance?

    Your ignorance suggests that. I'd expect a graduate of a good university to at least know how the law in this country works...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just get a fucking Hotel and none of this would have happen.. cheap-skate

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how everyone here is all like "but gay sex is so SHOCKING, no one should have to be SUBJECTED to that and Clementi PUSSIED OUT".

    I wonder what your reactions would be if your roommate posted screencaps of your loli porn folder to Facebook with explanatory captions. Somehow I doubt that you'd be anything other than crushingly ashamed or paranoid as to what would happen next; the vast majority of this site's users (myself included) tend to be pasty nerdfaces who don't know the meaning of standing up and asserting themselves.

    Grow up, kids - don't be such fucking little hypocrites. This is a community for anime geeks who get off to drawings of (pre)pubescent girls, we're the last ones who should be judging the situation.

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    Comment by Russell
    22:41 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am offended at your generalization. I stand up for myself every bloody waking moment of my life. Just because someone disagrees with you does not make them a hypocrite, you liberal prat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 03/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so you have no shame AND no conscience. congratulations!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get over yourselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, get over yourselves you homosexual abnormalities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 01/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow! Holy SHIT! Dick move, man. Dick move.

    Seriously, he had to know what he was doing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 05/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did a spot on the local news here. They said in light of what happened people want the minimum sentence doubled. So 10 years imprisonment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 07/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    regardless of how you put it, YOU ARE SHARING A FUCKING ROOM WITH ANOTHER PERSON, therefore, isolating your roommate b/c you are having sex of any kind is awful

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    Comment by メジャー
    04:50 04/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GW Bridge reminds me of MGS2, where snake bungees to get on-board a ship.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 04/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never thought I would say this, but I am very disappointed in many of you....and you all should know who you are that I'm talking about. You people need to learn respect, and a few social skills while you're at it. Having hatred towards gays, calling names etc, only makes you look childish and keeps up the hate that causes these tragedies.

    Cause all of you calling this guy a "weak minded fag" are all SO much better than he was. Regardless of what you would personally do if the people you had to live with that were closest to you did something so horrible as that, you should at least have some sort of understanding of what might have been going through his mind AT THE MOMENT.

    I feel terrible about this story and really feel for the family, though I doubt they're reading opinions of their son's death on an otaku website.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 07/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no offense, but the fact that he was having sex in a shared room is wrong.

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    Comment by James
    10:43 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it was me being filmed, I'd have just reported the guy. He'd have to atleast get a year of jail time... and then I could laugh as he gets assraped everytime he drops the soap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sankaku is full of sociopaths

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