Rolling Stone Settles Suit Over Virginia Campus Rape Story

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Rolling Stone settled a defamation lawsuit brought by the University of Virginia administrator featured in a since-retracted article about campus rape, reports BuzzFeed News. UVA administrator Nicole Eramo told a federal court in Virginia that she was dropping her lawsuit against the magazine, parent company Wenner Media, and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Eramo’s lawyer, Libby Locke, said an “amicable” settlement was reached, but that the terms are confidential. The agreement “allows Nicole to move on and really focus on what she does best, which is help victims of sexual assault,” Locke said.

A jury in November awarded Eramo $3 million. Eramo sued for defamation over the 2014 article “A Rape on Campus,” claiming that she was falsely portrayed as the personification of the university’s alleged indifference to sexual assaults on campus and was cast as the “chief villain of the story.” Eramo argued that contrary to the story, she actively tried to help a student, identified in the story as Jackie, who claimed she was raped at a fraternity house, and did not attempt to persuade Jackie to remain silent about the allegations. Rolling Stone retracted the story after questions arose about the truthfulness of Jackie’s account.

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