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'Rolling Stone' Faces Defamation Trial Over UVA Rape Hoax


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rolling-stone-faces-defamation-trial-over-uva-rape-hoaxPJ Media:

From The Hollywood Reporter:


A jury will decide whether Rolling Stone defamed the University of Virginia's dean in its since-retracted article about a gang rape at a campus fraternity, after a federal judge on Thursday denied summary judgment on key issues in the lawsuit.


Nicole Eramo sued Rolling Stone in May 2015, claiming the story cast her as the chief villain and painted the school as one that is indifferent to rape on its campus.


During the time of the alleged incident, Eramo was in charge of performing intake of sexual assault complaints, providing support to victims and participating in panels and conferences related to the issue. She claims the November 2014 article destroyed her reputation as a supporter of sexual assault victims and triggered hundreds of threatening messages from the public.


Within weeks of publication, Rolling Stone issued an editor's note acknowledging that there were discrepancies in the story "Jackie" told reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdley — who admittedly did not attempt to contact any of the men Jackie claimed raped her or even confirm their full names.



Media fail 101.

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