Jury finds Rolling Stone liable for defamation

Jury finds Rolling Stone liable for defamation
Jackie Coakley, a University of Virginia student whose fake rape story was published in "Rolling Stone."

A federal jury in Virginia found Friday that Rolling Stone magazine, parent company Wenner Media and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely were liable for defamation. According to the full jury verdict, Erdely was found liable on six counts of defamation, while Wenner Media and Rolling Stone were each found liable on three counts of defamation.

The defamation case concerns a November 2014 cover story in Rolling Stone magazine about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The story was later discredited and the magazine retracted it, in April 2015.

After Rolling Stone retracted the story, U.Va. dean of students Nicole Eramo sued Rolling Stone for defamation, arguing that the magazine knew or should have known that the article was false, and that her reputation and career had been harmed because of how she was portrayed.

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