Rolling Stone Heads to Trial Over Debunked Story About Rape
File Image: UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo and her lawyers leaving federal court in Charlottesville
RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) -
By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press
For the first time since Rolling Stone magazine's shocking story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia hit shelves two years ago, the public may hear from the young woman at the center of the now discredited article.
A defamation trial against the magazine is set to begin Monday over its article about "Jackie" and her harrowing account about being gang raped in a fraternity initiation.
University administrator Nicole Eramo claims the story cast her as its "chief villain" and is seeking $7.85 million.
Jackie was forced to answer questions about the case in April, but her comments have been kept under wraps.
Eramo's attorneys say they intend to call Jackie as a witness at trial, although it's possible the jury will watch a video of her deposition instead of hearing from her in person.