The attorney for an 18-year-old man featured laughing and joking over the fate of the alleged Ohio rape victim in a leaked YouTube video described the teenager's behaviour as, 'disappointing, insensitive and unfortunate' on Monday night.
Speaking at a brief press conference Dennis McNamara sought to distance his client, Michael Nodianos, from the horrific events alleged to have taken place in Steubenville Ohio last August.
Mr McNamara said, 'After some sober reflection he is ashamed and embarrassed himself. He's sorry to victims and his family. He was not raised to act in this manner.'
It also emerged on Monday that Mr Nodianos has been forced to drop out of Ohio State University, where he was on athletic scholarship, after receiving numerous threats.