Rolling Stone settles defamation case with UVa administrator

Apr 13, 2017, 01:19
Rolling Stone settles defamation case with UVa administrator

"Hopefully, Rolling Stone and other members of the media will be more careful in the future, and that's probably good, so maybe this is a win-win", added Tobias.

The settlement now ends the case.

"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, a lawyer for Eramo, in a statement Tuesday.

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.

Eramo argued that Erdely portrayed her as Jackie's nemesis on campus, an administrator who urged Jackie to be silent and keep the details of her sexual assault under wraps.

The magazine's story said that a female student identified only as "Jackie" was gang raped at a university fraternity.

UVA administrator Nicole Eramo filed notice late Tuesday in federal court in Virginia that she was dropping her lawsuit against Rolling Stone, the magazine's parent company Wenner Media, and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Eramo leaves court with her lawyer in November.

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

Rolling Stone later retracted the story after questions arose about the truthfulness of Jackie's account. After feeling so sure about the Article, and believing so strongly that it would help spur change on college campuses, losing faith in the credibility of one of my major sources post-publication took me entirely by surprise.

Eramo was awarded $3 million by a Virginia Federal jury last summer - $2 million from Erdely, who the jury found to have acted with actual malice towards Eramo, and $1 million from Rolling Stone.

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