The Ohio teenager seen making crude jokes about a 16-year-old's rape in a viral video has received threats and was forced to leave The Ohio State University, his lawyer said.
Michael Nodianos' attorney, Dennis McNamara, told members of the press his client has had his email, Facebook and Twitter accounts hacked, according to the Herald Star.
"Michael is the person on a video that was posted on several Internet sites last week and he made several very callous comments and is ashamed and embarrassed by the comments on the video. He regrets those comments," McNamara said at a press conference. "He was not raised in that manner. I don't believe it was a crime to make the video, but it was stupid."
The Daily Beast reports that Nodianos and his family had received electronic threats, according to McNamara.
“There were people trying to find his class schedule at OSU, trying to access him there,” McNamara said. “Some have even been at the dormitory during the fall term looking for him."
In the video, Nodianos is heard mocking the victim. EXPLICIT language below.
“They peed on her. That’s how you know she’s dead, because someone pissed on her,” he says in the video, before saying "she is so raped right now."
Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, two high school football players at Steubenville High School in Ohio, have been arrested in connection with the rape case. No further arrests are expected.
Nodianos left Ohio State after the case drew national and local anger and the 18-year-old became a target of threats.