>> Rolling Stone magazine and a reporter who wrote the story, A Rape on Campus, losing a defamation lawsuit Friday brought by a University of Virginia administrator. The story, a shocking depiction of an alleged fraternity gang rape on campus of a female student only identified as Jackie, was published in late 2014 and went viral online.
But it was later retracted after discrepancies in the account arose and police found no evidence of an attack, dealing the magazine a big blow. Former associate dean of students, Nicole Eramo, sued the magazine, it's owner Wenner Media, and reporter Sabrina Erdely for nearly $8 million. Eramo accused the magazine of portraying her as unfeeling about the alleged assault and concerned only about hushing up reports of sexual assault on campus.
After a three week trial in Charlottesville, Virginia, the jury found the reporter, Rolling Stone, and Wenner Media liable of actual malice on several statements in the story. The jury will meet Monday to start considering damages. The Rolling Stone still faces another suit by the fraternity implicated in the story, which seeks $25 million in damages.