A University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Tuesday, alleging that the magazine portrayed her as callous and indifferent to allegations of sexual assault on campus and made her the university’s “chief villain” in a now-debunked story about a fraternity gang rape.
Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner Media and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville, Va. The magazine retracted the story after news organizations and the Columbia University journalism school found serious flaws in it.
Yes, WaPo, there usually are “serious flaws” in a hoax, but kudos to you for keeping the false narrative limping along well after it’s been blown out of the water.
There is quite a laundry list of people who should be suing the magazine (those still exist?) over this deliberate targeting of innocent people. Let’s hope they all get their day in court.