UVA dean sues ‘Rolling Stone’ for $7.85 million for gang-rape story

UVA dean sues ‘Rolling Stone’ for $7.85 million for gang-rape story

A University of Virginia dean took action Tuesday against Rolling Stone’s now-infamous gang-rape story for its “false” and dishonorable statements. It’s a serious claim considering UVA is all about honor – for every test, a UVA student is required to write the honor code up top. (Full disclosure: I’m an alumna.)

In response to the Rolling Stone Nov. 2014 article entitled A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA, UVA dean Nicole Eramo filed a defamation lawsuit asking for more than $7.85 million on May 12 against magazine Rolling Stone, writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and publisher Wenner Media.

According to the lawsuit, the story of “Jackie” raped at a UVA fraternity “caused a national media firestorm” and that “tarred” Dean Eramo, the associate dean of students dealing with sexual assaults, as “the chief architect of a conspiracy to suppress Jackie’s assault in order to protect UVA’s reputation.”

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