The college coed whose claim of being gang raped at a frat party was discredited after being featured in Rolling Stone magazine is trying to get out of testifying about the apparent non-attack, saying it would "re-victimize" her, The Daily Caller reports
Lawyers for Jackie Coakley — the student who said she was the victim of an attack at the University of Virginia — are attempting to prevent her participation in a $7.5 million lawsuit filed against Rolling Stone by the school's Associate Dean Nicole Eramo.
Eramo, The Caller says, claims the magazine defamed her as being indifferent towards the supposed attack on Coakley. Her lawsuit calls Coakley a "serial liar" whom the magazine should have known was unreliable.
The legal request to keep Coakley from having to testify reads: "There is simply no need to re-victimize the Respondent and open her up to irrelevant, harassing, painful questioning just to confirm what the parties already know and agree on."
The 2014 Rolling Stone cover story became a worldwide sensation and prompted some colleges to temporarily suspend the activities of their fraternities and review procedures for handling sex attacks.
But further investigation into the claim revealed inconsistencies that eventually torpedoed the story. Reports suggested that Coakley made up the assault, as well as a phony boyfriend, to win the affections of a male student she swooned after.
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