Rolling Stone settles, but fight over rape story isn't over

Eramo, Rolling Stone Reach Settlement in Defamation Lawsuit

Rolling Stone magazine settled a University of Virginia administrator's lawsuit over its discredited story about a rape on campus, but its legal fights over the botched article aren't over.

A settlement has been reached in one of the defamation lawsuits against Rolling Stone. A federal jury sided with the former UVA dean last November and awarded her $3 million in damages.

After ABC's 20/20 had a report showcasing depositions from the case, Rolling Stone brought a motion for injunctive relief and sanctions based on Eramo's side leaking.

A spokesperson for Rolling Stone's parent company, Wenner Media, said in an email to BuzzFeed News that the parties "have come to an amicable resolution" and confirmed that the terms are confidential. Please support our efforts. The story followed a student named "Jackie", who alleged that she had been raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party.

Nicole Eramo, left, and attorney Libby Locke speak with reporters outside the federal courthouse in Charlottesville in November 2016.

Ms Eramo had originally demanded $7.5million from the magazine, its publisher Wenner Media and the reporter.

Following a police investigation and a probe by Columbia University School of Journalism, Rolling Stone retracted the article.

The jury could chose to make the magazine pay less or even more, as the jury in Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker chose to do earlier this year. Eramo also claimed that Erdely defamed her when she said on a radio program days after the story was published that the university's 'administration doesn't really treat rape as a crime'. Jackie said repeatedly that she couldn't remember when pressed to explain what she told Erdely about her sexual assault.

An investigation by The Washington Post showed that aspects of the account were not true. Rolling Stone appealed the jury award in December. "They're inextricably linked", he said. A separate lawsuit from three former fraternity members was dismissed previous year.

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