This is the best news I’ve heard all day. It’s even better than the alleged Satan worshiping at the top levels of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. More on this as it comes in…
#BREAKING: Rolling Stone, reporter, found liable in suit over discredited article about alleged gang rape at University of Virginia.
— NEWSRADIO WRVA (@NewsradioWRVA) November 4, 2016
BREAKING: Media report: Jury finds Rolling Stone defamed University of Virginia administrator in discredited story about gang rape.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 4, 2016
— The Cavalier Daily (@cavalierdaily) November 4, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus that included a debunked account of a fraternity gang rape.
The 10 member jury concluded that the Rolling Stone journalist was responsible for defamation, with actual malice, in the case brought by Nicole Eramo, a U-Va. administrator who oversaw sexual violence cases at the time of the article’s publication. The jury also found the magazine and its publisher responsible for defaming Eramo.
The $7.5 million lawsuit centered on the 9,000-word article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely titled “A Rape on Campus.” The article appeared online in late Nov. 2014 and on newsstands in the magazine’s December 2014 issue.
The story opened with a graphic depiction of a fraternity gang rape that went viral online and sent shock waves across the U-Va. campus community. But within days of the article’s publication, key elements of the account fell apart under scrutiny. The magazine eventually retracted the story in April 2015.
Eramo’s lawsuit came a month later, alleging that the magazine’s portrayal of her as callous and dismissive of rape reports on campus was untrue and unfair.