According to reports, the University of Virginia is finding its legal costs are mounting after Rolling Stone published a rape story that was subsequently discredited. So far, lawyer contracts are totaling more than $500,000.
Last November, Rolling Stone ran a horrific story about a gang rape that took place at one of the university’s fraternities. Except it wasn’t entirely true.
As for legal expenses, the Daily-Progress newspaper in Charlottesville on Sunday published a contract totaling $500,000 for the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers.
The Virginia attorney general’s office has named the firm an independent counsel to investigate how the university handled the 2012 report of sexual violence reported in Rolling Stone, Michael Kelly, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said on Sunday.
Another law firm is involved, Pepper Hamilton of Philadelphia, to assist the school with its “response to and handling of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence complaints,” according to the Daily-Progress.