Local

Rolling Stone, fraternity agree to settle rape story lawsuit

Rolling Stone, fraternity agree to settle rape story lawsuit

Rolling Stone will settle a case brought by a University of Virginia fraternity over a discredited story the magazine published that alleged a female student was raped by its members.

UVA's Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Psi released a statement on Tuesday that it is "pleased to be able to close the book" on the "ordeal" stemming from the Rolling Stone article.

A spokesman for the fraternity, Brian Ellis, said that the case filed in state court in Charlottesville is expected to be settled for $1.65 million.

The story, which was later retracted, centered around "Jackie", a young woman who was allegedly gang-raped at the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house weeks into her first year at school. The fraternity initially asked for $25 million in damages. Amid a national resurgence of interest in campus sexual assault cases, the Rolling Stone story drew widespread attention nearly instantly for its raw portrayal of fraternity culture run amok.

The settlement closes the final chapter of a lengthy legal saga.

Rolling Stone magazine is still paying a steep price for its shoddy reporting about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.

Erdely's article was both praised for raising awareness of sexual assault on college campuses and how administrators handle it and questioned for multiple issues immediately upon its publication in November 2014, leading to the story's retraction several months later after police found no evidence of the claims made in the story.

The fraternity claimed that the magazine knew that Jackie was not a reliable source and ignored red flags indicating that her story was flawed. The reporter did not verify the existence of the alleged ringleader of Jackie's attack or contact others who could have debunked the story.

In April, the university's Associate Dean Nicole Eramo reached a $3 million settlement with the magazine - $2 million from writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely and $1 million from Rolling Stone.

Another lawsuit that involved three former fraternity members was also dismissed in 2016, The Associated Press reported.


  • Trump Jr. tweets: Jeff Sessions 'crushed it' in opening statement

    Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions . The Attorney General may also be asked if there are tapes of the President's private conversations with Comey as Mr.

    Roaming Charges to be Scrapped in Europe

    Exceeding the minutes, texts or data on your plan will still cost you, and how much you are charged will depend on your plan'. Consumer watchdog Which? also urged users to check their phone tariffs to ensure they don't incur other unexpected charges.

    Lonzo Ball to have second workout with Lakers

    But the NBA's structure sets such organizations up with high lottery odds , enabling them to stockpile young, talented players. That may cause some strife as GM's may want him to fix his shot early on, but that discussion would vary from GM to GM.
  • Golden State Warriors' MVP Kevin Durant adds an important title: champion

    This time, Curry, Durant and the rest of the team silenced Cleveland before they had a chance to make more noise. But in the featured matchup of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant had his rival in the only area he cared about: wins.

    'Bachelor In Paradise' Host Breaks Silence On Sexual Misconduct Controversy

    Former Bachelor star Ben Higgins is speaking out in defense of Paradise . Somehow "The Bachelor " or "The Bachelorette " never struck me as fun.

    Warriors are NBA champions in nearly perfect run through playoffs

    He totaled 25 points, a remarkably efficient night for a player who has been chided for inefficiency throughout his career. On why he won't take much time off this summer: "It's just a lifestyle for me".
  • Uber weighs leave of absence for CEO

    The idea for the time-off had come from Kalanick himself, who proposed it following the accident that took his mother's life. Holder Jr., which reportedly includes ordering Chief Executive Travis Kalanick to step down temporarily.

    Taylor Swift's Music Is Returning To Streaming Services

    The former two were removed from Spotify in 2014 when the singer decided against putting her work on the streaming service . This comes just after Katy hit out at Taylor yet again , insisting she tried to "assassinate" her character .

    S. Korea will not change THAAD agreement with USA , security adviser says

    The UN Security Council added 15 people and four entities linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes to a blacklist. It marked the fifth missile test-fire by the North since liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office May 10.
  • LeBron James will not play 3-on-3 basketball in Olympics

    I probably won't be a part of the three-on-three matchup that it has to offer". As far as what teams are selected and how teams qualify, that's still unclear.

    Speaker Ryan: Mueller Firing Rumors Are 'Not Something to Debate' Here

    The Newsmax head also slammed the White House communications team's response to his statement, calling it "amateur hour". If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump.

    Sinn Féin must put devolution talks first, warns Foster

    The dispute has prompted renewed calls for a chair from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to be appointed. The Stormont parties have until a June 29 deadline to reach consensus and re-establish a ruling executive.