Rolling Stone head­ing to trial over de­bunked story of rape

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - WEATHER -

For the first time since Rolling Stone mag­a­zine’s shock­ing story about a bru­tal gang rape at the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia hit shelves two years ago, the pub­lic may hear from the young woman at the cen­ter of the now dis­cred­ited ar­ti­cle “A Rape on Cam­pus.”

A defama­tion trial against the mag­a­zine is set to be­gin on Mon­day over the Novem­ber 2014 ar­ti­cle about the woman iden­ti­fied only as “Jackie” and her har­row­ing ac­count about be­ing gang raped in a fra­ter­nity ini­ti­a­tion. Uni­ver­sity ad­min­is­tra­tor Nicole Eramo, who coun­seled Jackie and claims the story cast her as its “chief vil­lain,” is seek­ing $7.85 mil­lion.

Jackie was forced to an­swer ques­tions about the case in April, but her com­ments have been kept un­der wraps. Now, Eramo’s at­tor­neys have said they in­tend to call Jackie as a wit­ness at trial, al­though it’s pos­si­ble the jury will watch a video of her de­po­si­tion in­stead of hear­ing from her in per­son.

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