Damages

“Jackie” of debunked Rolling Stone UVA rape story to testify in defamation lawsuit

Students on the University of Virginia campus. (Jay Paul/Getty Images)

The former University of Virginia student only known as “Jackie”, whose story of being gang-raped on campus formed the basis of a discredited Rolling Stone article, will be deposed on Thursday in a defamation lawsuit against the magazine, filed by associate dean Nicole P. Eramo. While her lawyers had argued that the deposition could re-traumatize their client, a Virginia judge ruled that she needed to be made available for questioning by lawyers of Eramo and Rolling Stone, though the recordings and transcripts of her testimony will remain confidential. Eramo is suing for nearly $8 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company and the writer of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

In a statement, the associate dean’s lawyer, Libby Locke, claimed that the magazine “was dead set on portraying Dean Eramo as a callous administrator who discouraged Jackie from reporting an assault to police, when, in fact, Dean Eramo took Jackie to the police, and it appears that Jackie knew that her tale of rape would not have stood up under real scrutiny and investigation,” adding that she had been wrongfully targeted because Rolling Stone failed to do the fact-checking and digging “they were legally and ethically required to do as journalists.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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