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Friends Defend Dharun Ravi And Molly Wei

10/04/2010 05:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In the wake of Tyler Clementi's suicide, friends of his dormmates Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei -- who have been charged with invasion of privacy for broadcasting a sexual encounter of Clementi's without his knowledge -- say the two are being judged too harshly.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the story of Clementi's tragic end and the role that Ravi and Wei allegedly played in it has been reported worldwide -- and most accounts have not been kind to the Rutgers freshmen.

Although the two have kept their silence since Clementi's death last week, friends of Ravi and Wei have started to speak in their defense. According to the Star-Ledger, Ravi is "open-minded" and "outgoing." Wei was described as "a happy person."

Some of Ravi's college hall-mates also stepped in to defend his reputation, the Daily Targum that "He's a good guy who made a poor decision," and that he "had no intention to violate Tyler in any way."

Such defenses of the two have spurred heated reactions -- in a Targum editorial, one student wrote that "Those who support [Ravi] are an embarrassment to our University."

A Facebook group called Molly Wei Is Innocent has 41 fans.

As of yet, the court hearing for Ravi and Wei has not been set.

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