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Dharun Ravi texted "Keep the gays away" says witness in Rutgers spycam trial

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(CBS/AP) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Witness Michelle Huang testified Monday that during a text message exchange on Sept. 21, 2010, Dharun Ravi wrote that the man he saw his Rutgers University roommate Tyler Clementi with on his webcam was "older and creepy and def from the internet," according to the New York Daily News.

Huang said Ravi later texted her, "keep the gays away."

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Earlier Monday, Huang testified that on the same day Ravi told her there was going to be a "viewing party" with beer and rum to watch Clementi's liason with another man. Ravi and Huang were friends from high school.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that Ravi intentionally tried to humiliate Clementi. Huang testified that Ravi urged her to video chat with him so she could see the webcam footage.

"Do it for real," Ravi wrote in a text that was shown to jurors. "I have it pointed at his bed."  Witnesses have said the webcam wasn't working that night.

Tyler Clementi, committed suicide on Sept. 22, 2010, by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

Huang testified that after Clementi had killed himself, Ravi texted her that the talk of a viewing party was a joke.The judge in the case has been cautious about how the suicide would come into the trial.

Ravi faces 15 counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation which is a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He isn't charged in Clementi's death.

Prosecutors are precluded from linking the spying allegations to the suicide. Defense lawyers cannot make the case that Clementi killed himself for other reasons.

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