‘Rolling Stone’ faces defamation charges over campus rape story


The fraternity house was the setting for the brutal sexual assault described in a now retracted Rolling Stone article.

Madison Rexroat

Former University of Virginia dean, Nicole Eramo, filed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over their infamous 2014 article involving an alleged gang rape on the Charlottesville campus.

In the article by Rolling Stone, the victim, Jackie, shares details of a brutal rape and assault at a fraternity party in 2012.

It was reported in USA Today College that Eramo, who counseled the story’s unidentified student victim “Jackie,” is suing the magazine for $350,000 for portraying her as the “chief villain.” Her original request was $7.85 million.

Eramo’s lawyers claim that the magazine suggested that the associate dean persuaded Jackie to not report the rape, without fact checking or pursuing other sources.

The trial began on Monday, Oct. 17 and is currently underway.