University of Virginia official sues Rolling Stone for libel over debunked campus rape story

An official from the University of Virginia has filed a libel suit against Rolling Stone, Wenner Media and Sabrina Erdely, alleging that they portrayed the university community as being indifferent about gang rape on campus, Reuters reported.

An official from the University of Virginia has filed a libel suit against Rolling Stone, Wenner Media and Sabrina Erdely, alleging that they portrayed the university community as being indifferent about gang rape on campus, Reuters reported.

The University of Virginia is suing the company that owns Rolling Stone, the magazine itself and a reporter for libel after Rolling Stone published an erroneous and now-retracted article about gang rape on the college campus, according to Reuters.

Nicole Eramo, the university’s associate dean of students, filed a $7.85 million libel suit on Tuesday in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying that the magazine, Wenner Media, which owns Rolling Stone, and Sabrina Erdely, the reporter who wrote “A Rape on Campus” portrayed the University of Virginia as being uncaring about college rape, Reuters reported.

“‘To personify the university’s alleged institutional indifference to rape, Erdely and Rolling Stone cast Dean Eramo, who met with and counseled Jackie (the alleged rape victim), as the chief villain of the story,’” the 76-page lawsuit said, according to Reuters.

The post University of Virginia official sues Rolling Stone for libel over debunked campus rape story appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

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