OMG, this is SO disturbing! A high school student watched her friend get raped and not only did she do nothing to stop it, she actually live streamed it on Periscope for all the world to see!
How frightening! An Ohio teen Marina Lonina is officially the worst friend ever after she live streamed her 17-year-old high school pal getting raped by a 29-year-old man, and laughed and giggled while the attack went down. Who does something like that?! Now the 18-year-old and the culprit, Raymond Gates, have been charged with kidnapping, rape, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor.
This is so scary you guys. According to police, Marina and her friend were at a shopping mall in Columbus Feb. 26 when they met Raymond, who allegedly bought them a bottle of vodka and said they should party at his house. The girls went over there the next day and were drinking with him when he pinned down Marina’s pal and raped her for 10 long minutes.
Here’s where it gets completely bizarre, because instead of calling the police or jumping in to stop the assault, Marina whipped out her smart phone and began live streaming the horrific act via her Periscope account! The only reason that she and Raymond were busted was because one of Marina’s followers in another state saw the attack take place and called the cops! Her friend was even heard saying “no,” “stop,” and “help me,” while Marina instead laughed at her situation instead of trying to intervene.
The excuses Marina’s attorney made during her Apr. 15 arraignment were crazy, saying that it was her friend’s idea to go over to the much-older Raymond’s house and that Marina is just used to filming everything on Periscope. “She got caught up in the likes.” Who would “like” a video of a young girl being sexually assaulted?! He also claimed that she hoped that live-streaming the rape would help to stop it, but that she became too stoked by positive feedback online. That is SO messed up!
“I have never seen a case such as this where you would actually live-stream a sexual assault,” Ron O’Brien, the Franklin County prosecutor, told reporters after Marina and Raymond’s arraignments. He added that she never tried to call 911 and said “For the most part she is just streaming it on the Periscope app and giggling and laughing.” Disgraceful!
Marina is out of jail on $125,000 bond, but both she and Raymond face up to 40 years in jail if they’re convicted on all charges.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Marina’s case? Can you believe someone would actually live stream someone’s rape instead of calling 911 or trying to stop it?