VANCOUVER—The man accused in the cyberbullying case of British Columbia teen Amanda Todd has denied the allegations against him in a letter released by his lawyer.
Aydin Coban was arrested in the Netherlands last year. He is suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves.
In a letter that his lawyer confirmed was written by his client, Coban says he is innocent and is not “the so-called tormentor” of Todd—or anyone else.
Todd, who was sexually exploited online, died by suicide in October 2012. Her story garnered international attention after a YouTube video surfaced in which the teen held up handwritten signs detailing what happened to her.
The letter from Coban is written in English and it says he’s been in jail for a year, but hasn’t been charged in connection with the Todd case. The letter says despite that, the worldwide media has branded him the monster behind it.
Coban’s lawyer, Christian van Dijk (dike), confirmed the letter was written by his client and says Coban, who also faces charges in Canada, only plans to speak to the judges in his case, because the police change his words in a bad way.