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Rolling Stone Defamation Suit: Frat Named in Rape Article Wants $25M

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A Rolling Stone defamation lawsuit, filed on behalf of a University of Virginia fraternity, is demanding $25 million from the magazine over last year's story about an alleged gang rape. 

The story, "A Rape on Campus," told the story of a freshman woman named Jackie who claimed she was gang raped during a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in 2012, according to The Washington Post. Writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely used her story to illustrate what she says was an environment of sexual violence on college campuses. The music magazine retracted the story in April after doubts over the woman's account surfaced and discrepancies in the story came to light.

Rolling Stone editor Will Dana later resigned and the magazine, which admits it failed to contact the accused men for comment on the alleged rape, was hit with a barrage of lawsuits, including a federal suit filed by three alumni members of Phi Kappa Psi and one from an associate U-Va. dean who argues she was unfairly depicted in the story, according to The Post.

"The fraternity chapter and its student and alumni members suffered extreme damage to their reputations in the aftermath of the article's publication and continue to suffer despite the ultimate unraveling of the story," the university's Phi Psi chapter said in a statement Monday.

"The article also subjected the student members and their families to danger and immense stress while jeopardizing the future existence of the chapter," the statement continued.

Filed Monday in Charlottesville, the lawsuit names Rolling Stone, Wenner Media, Straight Arrow Publishers, and Erdely.

Rolling Stone spokeswoman Kathryn Brenner declined to comment The New York Times on the suit.

The story began to unravel after some digging by various news outlets, including a lengthy analysis by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism that found that "the failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision, and fact-checking."

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A Rolling Stone defamation lawsuit, filed on behalf of a University of Virginia fraternity, is demanding $25 million from the magazine over last year's story about an alleged gang rape.
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