Rolling Stone found liable in defamation lawsuit for rape story

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A jury found Rolling Stone magazine liable for defamation on Friday over its explosive and later discredited story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.

The magazine’s publisher and the reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, were also found liable.

A school administrator, Nicole Eramo, said the story, “A Rape on Campus,” portrayed her as callous and insensitive to the plight of an alleged rape victim. She is seeking $7.5 million. Damages will be determined later.

Rolling Stone retracted the story after doubts emerged about the claim of the accuser, identified in the story only as Jackie.

The jury is made up of eight women and two men.

Rolling Stone reacted to the verdict.


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