‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine apologizes to University of Virginia dean for rape story

FILE PHOTO University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo, center, leaves federal court with her attorney Tom Clare, right, after closing arguments in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine in Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Eramo is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in the 2014 story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
FILE PHOTO University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo, center, leaves federal court with her attorney Tom Clare, right, after closing arguments in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine in Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Eramo is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in the 2014 story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The Latest on the verdict in the defamation case against Rolling Stone magazine for its story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia (all times local):
2:20 p.m. – Rolling Stone is apologizing to a University of Virginia administrator after a jury found the magazine defamed her in its story about a gang rape at a fraternity house.

A jury found Friday that the magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed Nicole Eramo with the discredited story “A Rape on Campus.”

Rolling Stone said in a statement that it sincerely apologizes to Eramo and anyone else who was hurt by its “missteps” with the story.

The magazine says it hopes its failings “don’t deflect from the pervasive issues discussed in the piece.”

The story gave the account of a woman identified only as Jackie, who said she was gang raped by seven men. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.

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2 p.m. – Media report a federal jury has found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator in a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house.

Word of the jury decision came Friday afternoon in multiple news outlets.

University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo claimed the 2014 article portrayed her as a villain who discouraged the woman identified only as Jackie from reporting the incident to police. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.

Rolling Stone’s attorneys said there was no evidence that the reporter knew what she was writing about Eramo was false or had serious doubts about whether it was true.

Jurors heard closing arguments on Tuesday after listening to more than two weeks’ worth of evidence.

 

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