Steubenville Rape Case Sparks Protests
We're learning more about the student who sparked a national uproar for laughing about the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.
Published reports say the guy in the video is identified as Michael Nodianos and he's wearing an Ohio State T-shirt. In the video, Nodianos laughed and said, "She is so raped right now. She's deader than OJ's wife. She's deader than Caylee Anthony."
The University just posted this message on their Facebook page: "Michael Nodianos is no longer a student at Ohio State University."
Nodianos made the decision to leave the university on his own, his attorney says, and is very sorry for the comments he made on the video. But he claims he wasn't in the house where the alleged rape took place.
At a press conference, an attorney for the guy in the video said, "There's no excuse or justification for the comments and jokes Michael made on the video. And with some sober reflection, he is ashamed and embarrassed to hear them himself."
A Facebook page had been launched: OSU Expel Michael Nodianos "Rape Crew" Member.
No criminal charges have been filed against Nodianos and the sheriff of Steubenville, Ohio, says "You can't arrest somebody for being stupid."
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke to Walter Madison, the attorney for 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, shown in a photo holding the girl like a rag doll with 16-year-old Trent Mays. They are star players for the Steubenville High Big Red football team and have pleaded not guilty to rape.
Madison told Trent, "With the release of this video, this case has gone from whatever it was, to something out of the stratosphere."
Trent asked, "Was your client in that house when that video was being made?"
"No. He has nothing to do with the video. He's not responsible for the production of the video. He's not depicted in the video," said Madison.
Trent asked, "I know he's not in the video, but is he in the other room, for instance?"
"He's nowhere in the facility where that video was made. He has nothing to do with the video," replied Madison.
About 1,000 protestors, many wearing masks out of the movie V for Vendetta, staged a demonstration and a candlelight vigil over the weekend demanding justice for the victim in the case.
One protestor wearing a mask said, "It's not right that we allow people to get away with such a heinous crime such as rape because they are an athlete."
The case has created an uproar on social media and the hacker group "Anonymous" has turned it into a cause celeb.
"Anonymous" promises it won't let up on the defendants, telling thedailybeast.com, "I know we could make their lives very difficult."
Madison said, "There has been the interference of social media that has made me ensuring his fair trial, has threatened in completely and destroyed it."
Now, authorities in Steubenville has set up their own website, Steubenville Facts which says it will "disseminate the most accurate information" about the case that has divided a town where football is king.