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Fraternity featured in retracted rape story sues Rolling Stone for $25 million

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house is seen on the University of Virginia campus. ( Jay Paul/Getty Images)

The University of Virginia chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has filed a $25 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone over its portrayal in a sensational gang-rape story the magazine published last year and that was later debunked. The writer of the story, Sabrina Erdely, is also named in the defamation suit. The fraternity alleges Rolling Stone pursued a narrative of campus sexual violence and stopped at nothing, not even the fact that the story was fabricated, to achieve that result. “Rolling Stone published the article with reckless disregard for the truth,” the fraternity said in a statement. The story was published last November and made waves nationally as it chronicled the account of a young woman named “Jackie” who claimed to have endured a brutal gang rape at a fraternity. The story quickly unraveled, though, and within a month, Rolling Stone retracted the piece after admitting there were discrepancies in Jackie’s story and that it had not reached out to the men accused of rape for comment on the allegations.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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