Dharun Ravi apologizes, set to begin sentence this week
The ex-Rutgers student convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy for spying on his roommate's gay encounter publicly apologized for the first time Tuesday.
"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made," said Dharun Ravi, 20, in a statement issued through his attorney.
"My behavior and actions . . . [were] the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices."
Ravi was convicted in March of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation for secretly broadcasting online a gay encounter his roommate, Tyler Clementi, had in September 2010. Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after finding out about the video.
Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in county jail, three years of probation, counseling, 300 hours of community service, and fined about $11,900. Ravi said yesterday that he will begin his jail sentence this week.