Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over

  • Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over

Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over

Rolling Stone magazine has settled a defamation lawsuit brought by a University of Virginia administrator over a now-discredited story about a sexual assault at a campus fraternity. Terms of the agreement were not released. The damages award was $1 million against Rolling Stone, and an additional $2 million against writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Rolling Stone had appealed the verdict.

Rolling Stone attorney Jonathon Fazzola disagreed and said embarrassing members affect both the national organization and chapters throughout the country.

"For had they done so, the article never would have been published", Rolling Stone's attorneys said.

The magazine reached the confidential settlement with former associate dean Nicole Eramo, who had sued Rolling Stone over a 2014 article "A Rape on Campus".

"We are delighted that this dispute is now behind us, as it allows Nicole to move on and focus on doing what she does best, which is supporting victims of sexual assault", said Libby Locke, Eramo's attorney, in a statement. The federal jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, that heard Eramo's case concluded in November that Erdely and the magazine acted with "actual malice" in publishing certain statements about Eramo and her handling of Jackie's case.

The magazine soon acknowledged that it had lost faith in its main source for the story and - after a police investigation and a report by the Columbia University School of Journalism found that aspects of the account were false - ultimately retracted the article. The story followed a student named "Jackie", who alleged that she had been raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party. The case is scheduled to go to trial in October. According to court documents, the defendants did not object to the request.

Meanwhile, while the case with the university administrator may be over, Rolling Stone continues to be in court against the fraternity portrayed in the story.