Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely has been on the stand in the law suit against the magazine over its infamous false reporting about a University of Virginia rape case.
Everyone remembers how Rolling Stone was duped into reporting a story about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia back in 2012. It later turned out that the accuser was not reliable and the publication was forced to retract the story. Now it is being sued by the university’s former dean Nicole Eramo for defamation.
The story titled “A Rape on Campus” was first published in November, 2014.
Sabrina Rubin Erdley, the story’s author, admitted before a jury in a Federal Court in Charlottesville that she had doubts about the the woman known as Jackie whose claims were reported on in the story. “It was like a little light bulb went on where I thought she wasn’t being straight with me, ” Erdley said on the stand. “It was a mistake to rely on someone who was intent to deceive me, ” confessed Erdley.
But the Rolling Stone reported also testified, “I don’t know what happened to Jackie. I feel certain something happened to her.”
The local police investigated the charges and in 2015 determined that they were baseless.