Rolling Stone writer: ‘Star­tled’ when woman backed off story

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.>>The au­thor of the dis­cred­ited Rolling Stone mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle about a woman’s claim of be­ing gang-raped at a Univer­sity of Vir­ginia fra­ter­nity says she was “star­tled” when the woman seemed to back off her story fol­low­ing its pub­li­ca­tion.

The writer, Sab­rina Ru­bin Erdely, con­tin­ued her tes­ti­mony Satur­day in a court case over the ar­ti­cle. Univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tor Ni­cole Eramo has sued the mag­a­zine for $7.8 mil­lion, claim­ing the ar­ti­cle made her its “chief vil­lain” and was defam­a­tory.

The story, “A Rape on Cam­pus,” was pub­lished on Nov. 19, 2014 and tells the story of a woman iden­ti­fied only as “Jackie,” who claimed she was gan­graped by seven men. A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion later found no ev­i­dence to back up Jackie’s claims. Rolling Stone ul­ti­mately re­tracted its story.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports Erdely tes­ti­fied that she reached out to Jackie on the morn­ing of Dec. 5, 2014 and asked her if she had gone to the po­lice to re­port the crime fol­low­ing the story’s pub­li­ca­tion. Jackie told her it wasn’t the right time, she said.

“I was a lit­tle sur­prised,” Erdely tes­ti­fied. “A cou­ple of other things struck me as odd . ... I was get­ting a lit­tle hinky feel­ing.”

Erdely tes­ti­fied that for the first time, Jackie ex­pressed doubt about whether her al­leged as­sailant was in Phi Psi, the fra­ter­nity she had said he be­longed to.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.