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The saga continues

UVA students sue Rolling Stone over debunked campus rape story, magazine’s managing editor steps down

By WITW Staff on July 30, 2015

Three graduates of the University of Virginia are suing Rolling Stone, its publisher Wenner Media, and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdley, alleging that a discredited and now-retracted article falsely identified them as perpetrators of a vicious gang rape on campus. George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler, all brothers of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, filed a lawsuit in New York federal court on Wednesday. Though the Rolling Stone article did not mention any of them by name, the three men claim that details in the piece led members of the public to conclude that they were involved in the rape. They are seeking more than $75,000 for “mental anguish and severe emotional distress” caused by the article. In what is probably related news, it was announced yesterday that Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, will step down from his post next month. When asked if Dana’s resignation was prompted by the UVA rape story debacle, a spokeswoman for publisher Jann S. Wenner said that “many factors go into a decision like this.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post and The New York Times.