CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - DECEMBER 6:  Students walk past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus on December 6, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Friday, Rolling Stone magazine issued an apology for discrepencies that were published in an article regarding the alleged gang rape of a University of Virginia student by members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)

Jury Finds Rolling Stone and Reporter Responsible for Defamation of UVA Dean

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By William Hicks | 2:39 pm, November 4, 2016

Rolling Stone lost its defamation case today against the UVA dean the magazine accused of mishandling a rape case, which ended up being almost certainly fabricated.

The  jury found Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner media, and reporter Sabrina Erdely guilty of defaming University of Virginia Dean Nicole Eramo. The jury has yet to decide how much to award Eramo.

Eramo was seeking $7.5 million.

The jury found Erdely to have possessed “actual malice” when reporting on the story, knowing that her reporting was false or actively not caring if it was.

The lawyers for Rolling Stone attempted to argue that Erdely had not known the story was false during her reporting. Eramo’s lawyers countered, saying the story “comically” portrayed the dean as the villain in its narrative.