Rolling Stone has come to a settlement to resolve a defamation lawsuit brought by University of Virginia associate dean Nicole Eramo, although there is one aspect of the case that will continue. Earlier, the jury found the magazine and reporter Sabrina Erdely responsible for defamation against Eramo stemming from Erdely's November 2014 article "A Rape on Campus". The damages award was $1 million against Rolling Stone, and an additional $2 million against writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
Eramo's lawyer said in a statement the settlement will allow her to move forward.
This result led Rolling Stone to ask the Virginia federal judge to overturn the verdict with the argument it amounted to a "million-dollar penalty against a publisher that sought to promptly put readers on notice of serious concerns with an article and, as such, violates basic public policy". Please support our efforts.
The magazine's story said that a female student identified only as "Jackie" was gang raped at a university fraternity.
Nicole Eramo, left, and attorney Libby Locke speak with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Charlottesville in November 2016.
A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.
The defamation lawsuit began two years ago. Eramo also claimed that Erdely defamed her when she said on a radio program days after the story was published that the university's 'administration doesn't really treat rape as a crime'.
"For had they done so, the article never would have been published", Rolling Stone's attorneys said.
That jury trial is scheduled for October. That they weren't says alot about the shortcomings of our justice system. Jackie said repeatedly that she couldn't remember when pressed to explain what she told Erdely about her sexual assault.
A third defamation suit filed by three former members of the UVA chapter of the fraternity was dismissed past year.