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University of Virginia Dean Sues Rolling Stone For Defamation

A University of Virginia associate dean is suing for more than $7.5 million from Rolling Stone magazine in a defamation lawsuit stemming from a debunked gang rape story.

From TIME:

In a news release, Eramo said she was filing the lawsuit to “set the record straight” and to hold the magazine and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely accountable.

A report published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism said the magazine failed at virtually every step in the reporting and editing of the story.

The suit was filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court. It also names Wenner Media for false and defamatory statements.

An exterior view of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, in Charlottsville, Va., the site of an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a Rolling Stone article published, Nov. 19, 2014.

An exterior view of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, in Charlottsville, Va., the site of an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a Rolling Stone article published, Nov. 19, 2014.

I don’t see how Rolling Stone can get themselves out of this one. They haven’t fired Sabrina Rubin Erdely when her “A Rape on Campus” was proven to be false. She didn’t even formally apologize to anyone whose lives were affected by her inaccurate writing. She just said sorry for writing the article – a non-apology apology.

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