Jury selection begins for Rolling Stone rape story lawsuit

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity building at University of Virginia was the site of an alleged gang rape of a university student as described in a Dec. 2014 Rolling Stone article which has since come under scrutiny. A police investigation however was unabl

Rolling Stone says they wouldn't say "Eramo took Jackie to police" since Eramo brought police to her office to meet Jackie.

Sexton dismissed the idea that author Sabrina Erdely didn't talk to the alleged assailant or friends of Jackie because she feared the woman's story would fall apart. Rolling Stone points to a U.S. Department of Education investigation that found past year that that UVa failed to promptly respond to some sexual assault complaints and created a "hostile environment" for victims.

Eramo counseled Jackie and claims the article portrayed her as indifferent to Jackie's assault because she wanted to protect the school's reputation.

Rolling Stone knew that the University of Virginia dean who was handling a gang-rape report had set up two meetings with police so the alleged victim, Jackie, could notify authorities.

University administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking a total of $7.85 million in damages over the 2014 story which described the assault of a freshman woman during a fraternity party in 2012.

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A NY judge dismissed a federal defamation lawsuit in June that was brought by members of the University of Virginia fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, against Wenner Media, Rolling Stone and Erdely. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims and details in the narrative didn't hold up under scrutiny by other media. "The depiction of Dean Eramo in the article was balanced and described the challenges of her role". In other words, to win the case, Eramo's lawyers will have to prove that Erdely knew what she was writing about Eramo was false or inaccurate but chose to print it anyway. They asked U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad to punish Eramo's team for violating a protective order and to move the trial, claiming that the broadcast could taint the jury pool. Prior to opening statements, interviews Erdely gave to WNYC and a Slate podcast, where the writer said the UVA administration "brushed off" Jackie's report of a gang rape, were played in court.

Lawyers for the dean, Nicole Eramo, revealed in federal court Tuesday that Jackie, a student whose sexual assault case was the centerpiece of a now-retracted 2014 article about campus rape, forwarded an email to Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely showing the meetings being arranged.

Attorneys for Eramo want the jury to focus on the failures of the Rolling Stone editorial team and not on "Jackie" and her alleged rape.

The jury of eight women and two men was seated Monday.

He says Eramo is considered a public figure by the law, and she is therefore open to being criticized by publications like Rolling Stone. Soon afterward, Rolling Stone retracted the story, saying the magazine had relied too much on "Jackie's" account and did not adequately work to confirm her story. Of key importance, the magazine never obtained the names of Jackie's alleged attackers and as a result never spoke to them. The video of her deposition will be shown to the jury and not released to the public. She said Jackie also told her that some young men from the fraternity had come after her, throwing a bottle at her face, an allegation that police later discounted.

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