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.