I had to take care of some things today in my “real” life, so I haven’t been able to post until now. But as soon as I sat down at my desk a few minutes ago, I saw a report that made me smile. As it turns out, the dean who handles sexual assault cases at the University of Virginia (UVA) is suing Rolling Stone magazine for more than $7.5 million in damages.
Good. I hope she get’s triple that amount.
Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner Media and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville, Va. The magazine retracted the story after news organizations and the Columbia University journalism school found serious flaws in it.
Eramo, who is the university’s chief administrator dealing with sexual assaults, argues in the lawsuit that the story destroyed her credibility, permanently damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress. She assailed the account as containing numerous falsehoods that the magazine could have avoided if it had worked to verify the story of its main character, a student named Jackie who alleged she was gang raped in 2012 and that the university mishandled her case.
I’d say the dean has an excellent chance of collecting. We know that Rolling Stone made about a million mistakes on their way to publishing this story. But look at how the maliciously altered a photograph of Ms. Eramo to make her look more like a villainous character:
This is the type of thing that ends up costing idiots money. I couldn’t be happier. If I see any more info come out on this story today, like an interview with the dean or something, I’ll update this post. Be back in a few. I’m falling behind on all the happenings over the last couple days lol.