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

Nicole Eramo left and attorney Libby Locke speak with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Charlottesville in November 2016

Nicole Eramo left and attorney Libby Locke speak with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Charlottesville in November 2016

The story prompted a full retraction from Rolling Stone as well an independent investigation and review from the Columbia School of Journalism.

The settlement brings an end to a lawsuit that had roiled the U-Va. community with a case study in the practice and ethics of journalism. The jury concluded Rolling Stone wasn't liable for the original story, "A Rape on Campus", but rather the website "republication" which contained an editor's note apologizing for holes in the story.

Eramo testified that she faced threats, lost professional credibility and lost her ability to work as an advocate for sexual-assault prevention.

A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.

Jackie's tale "had all the elements of a flawless story", Clare said.

The Cavalier Daily has reached out to lawyers for each side for comment. The judge granted Rolling Stone's motion, and the defendant is still aiming to overturn that sanctions order.

The article cost Erdely her job at the magazine and her reputation as a journalist, Sexton said.

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".

"This experience has been devastating to me, both professionally and personally".

Rolling Stone's statement, via their parent company Wenner Media-whose recent sale of Us Weekly has been partially attributed to financial troubles associated with this lawsuit, and the one still pending against them from UVA frat Phi Kappa Psi-was less detailed: "Rolling Stone, Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Nicole Eramo have come to an amicable resolution".

The magazine still faces a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity where the woman identified only as "Jackie" claimed she had been raped.

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