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

A University of Virginia administrator accused by Rolling Stone of failing to properly handle a case of campus rape has dropped her lawsuit against the magazine after reaching an "amicable" settlement.

University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo leaves federal court after closing arguments in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine in Charlottesville, Va., on November 1, 2016. "It allows Nicole to move on and really focus on what she does best, which is help victims of sexual assault".

Last November, a jury awarded Eramo, the university's former dean of students, $3 million in the lawsuit.

The magazine filed a motion to vacate the judgment, but agreed to settle.

Scott Sexton, an attorney for Rolling Stone, told the jurors in his closing statement that the magazine "acknowledges huge errors in not being more dogged". Please support our efforts. The article depicted the brutal gang rape of a student named "Jackie" at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, although a subsequent investigation by the Charlottesville Police Department failed to find any evidence to substantiate Jackie's claims.

Rolling Stone later retracted the story after questions arose about the truthfulness of Jackie's account. A lawyer for Rolling Stone declined to comment.

An investigation by The Washington Post showed that aspects of the account were not true.

Eramo testified that she faced threats, lost professional credibility and lost her ability to work as an advocate for sexual-assault prevention. That lawsuit is set to go to trial later this year.

While the local chapter will produce the documents requested, he said, "The guys in Des Moines who are busted for hazing or drinking are categorically irrelevant". And the fact that Rolling Stone magazine was complicit in this fakery is the result of their own politically driven effort to promote an agenda that, as we've seen, is injurious to individual liberties and due process.

  • Essie Rivera