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Mystery man in US webcam spying case takes stand

Mystery man in US webcam spying case takes stand

A man who witnesses say was watched via webcam while kissing a U.S. university student who committed suicide soon afterward took the stand Friday, telling jurors he noticed the webcam while the two were being intimate.
"I had just glanced over my shoulder and I noticed there was a webcam that was faced toward the direction of the bed," said the man, identified only by the initials M.B. "Just being in a compromising position and seeing a camera lens _ it just stuck out to me."
Indian-born Dharun Ravi is charged with bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and other crimes after roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself. Bias intimidation is a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
M.B. testified that he had met Clementi in August 2010 through a social networking site for gay men. Their first meeting was in the dormitory room Clementi and Ravi shared on Sept. 16 _ three days before the alleged spying. Clementi killed himself days later.
The judge did not allow photographs of M.B. to be taken in the courthouse, barred any audio or video of him to be taken and said he would be identified in court only by his initials. The man's lawyer had successfully fought to conceal his identity because he's considered a victim of an alleged sex crime.
The man testified that he met Clementi in his dorm room three times. The first was Sept. 16. The second was Sept. 19, the date of the alleged spying _ and the time he said he noticed the webcam.
The man told jurors there were about five students looking at him as he left the building on Sept. 19. He called their actions "unsettling."
The third time he met Clementi was two days later, when Ravi is charged with attempted invasion of privacy. There's been testimony that the webcam feed did not work that night. According to court papers, the webcam was unplugged.
Witnesses have said only seconds of the streaming video were seen and that it included nothing more graphic than two shirtless men kissing.
M.B. testified that he had wanted to see Clementi again. "As far as whether I was going to return to that building to see him, I felt a little uneasy about it," he said.