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Dharun Ravi, former Rutgers student in Tyler Clementi webcam gay spying case, apologizes


TRENTON, N.J. -- Calling his actions "thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish," a former Rutgers University student openly apologized for the first time for using a webcam to spy on a romantic liaison between a man and a roommate who later killed himself.

Dharun Ravi, 20, who had been criticized by a judge for not showing remorse and for refusing to say he was sorry, also said he will begin serving a 30-day jail term on Thursday even though he doesn't have to do so.

Ravi issued his most contrite public statement yet on Tuesday in the case that made his roommate, Tyler Clementi, a prime example of what gay rights advocates said were the consequences of bullying, and made Ravi a symbol of what his family called an overzealous prosecution.

"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on Sept. 19, 2010, and Sept. 21, 2010," Ravi said in a statement issued through his lawyer. "My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices."

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