Reporting from New York — The mystery man who was secretly recorded kissing a gay Rutgers University student -- Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide -- is expected to testify Thursday in the trial of Clementi's roommate, who prosecutors say was driven by anti-gay bias when he spied on the men.
In four days of testimony in a New Brunswick, N.J., courtroom, defendant Dharun Ravi has been portrayed at times as a normal college student who was not bothered by Clementi's sexual orientation, and at times as a calculating young man who pointed a secret camera at Clementi's bed to watch him and his date.
The date, whom witnesses have described as being substantially older than Clementi and a bit scruffy looking, has not been identified. The Star-Ledger of New Jersey reported that the man, known in court papers as M.B., did not want his full identity revealed but felt that he needed to testify about the events of September 2010, when he had two dates with Clementi.
"He's coming into a strange environment over which he has unfortunately no control, and he's going to do the best he can to get through the thing unscathed," said his lawyer, Richard Pompelio, according to the Star-Ledger. "He knows it's got to be done."