Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 0:44
Terms of the agreement were not released.
A jury in November awarded Eramo $3 million, with Erdely ordered to pay $2 million, and Rolling Stone and Wenner Media were ordered to pay $1 million. Rolling Stone appealed the jury award in December.
Details about the settlement are being kept quiet, according to BuzzFeed, but UVA administrator Nicole Eramo filed notice in federal court informing them that she was dropping her lawsuit against Rolling Stone, the magazine's parent company Wenner Media, and Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
The article was eventually retracted in April 2015 following the Columbia Journalism School's report on the article and its inconsistencies.
The magazine's story said that a female student identified only as "Jackie" was gang raped at a university fraternity.
Freeman said Eramo's case shows Rolling Stone has "a propensity to settle", but he said it's hard to predict how the magazine's attorneys will proceed in the other matter.
Tom Clare, one of the attorneys representing Eramo, said during his closing statement that his client had become "collateral damage in a quest for sensational journalism". The federal jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, that heard Eramo's case concluded in November that Erdely and the magazine acted with "actual malice" in publishing certain statements about Eramo and her handling of Jackie's case.
In a trial that began in October 2016, Eramo's lawyers argued that the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, had arrived on campus determined to write a story about a university's callousness to the problem of sexual assault.
Meanwhile, while the case with the university administrator may be over, Rolling Stone continues to be in court against the fraternity portrayed in the story.
While the local chapter will produce the documents requested, he said, "The guys in Des Moines who are busted for hazing or drinking are categorically irrelevant".