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REJECTED: Judge Denies Rolling Stone’s Request to Toss Out UVA Defamation Suit

REJECTED: Judge Denies Rolling Stone’s Request to Toss Out UVA Defamation Suit

Remember the whole Rolling Stone/University of Virginia/faux rape story?

An investigation conducted by the Charlottesville Police Department found no evidence of rape at the accused University of Virginia fraternity.

Months ago, Rolling Stone broke Jackie’s story. Jackie claimed she’d been gang raped by members of Phi Kappa Psi in 2012. When the Rolling Stone article sparked national outrage, UVA’s administration acted swiftly and without facts, punishing Greek life on campus.

Then the Washington Post began to dig deeper into the Rolling Stone shocker. And that’s when the story began to quickly unravel and was eventually debunked in entirety.

TL;DR: Reporter has agenda, runs with unsubstantiated story, WaPo is on the case, debunks story, Rolling Stone prints retraction, UVA is all, “too late! we’re suing!” and sues, Rolling Stone is all, “nuh uh“, begs judge to toss out defamation suit.

Thursday, the AP reported Rolling Stone’s request to have the defamation suit thrown out was soundly rejected by the judge.

A Virginia judge has denied Rolling Stone magazine’s attempt to throw out a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity that was the focus on its now debunked article about a gang rape.

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia filed a defamation lawsuit against the magazine last year over the now discredited article “A Rape on Campus.” The story described in chilling detail a student’s account of being raped by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in September 2012.

Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard E. Moore said in his decision released Thursday that the statements made about the fraternity in the story could reasonably be considered defamatory.

Good. Let this play out as it should. Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely took a work of fiction, pawned it off as fact, and insisted there was a national need to discuss the rape culture epidemic.

You know what they say about karma.

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The mag Rolling Stone and the University both need to loose BIG TIME.
Both did not verify or investigate the claims.

What I don’t understand is why “mattress girl” hasn’t faced any legal problems. That girl needs to be certified as a “Pathological Liar”. Or given a diagnosis of advance dementia.
( Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome ? )

    Ragspierre in reply to assemblerhead. | September 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    The legal system, as I’ve often noted, is not the place to look for “justice”.

    “Mattress gurl” is a pariah. Would you hire her? Would you welcome her into your home as a potential daughter-in-law?


    It’s “lose” not “loose”

    And do NOT give me the tired excuse of “oh it was a typo in the heat of the moment.”

    Losers spell loose in place of lose, very loosely. <— It's a teaching moment.

      scooterjay in reply to Paul. | September 3, 2016 at 12:01 am

      I have to agree…..the red squiggly line means you misspelled a word. HINT: right-click on the word underlined with the red squiggly line and a correctly spelled alternative will be offered!

        amatuerwrangler in reply to scooterjay. | September 3, 2016 at 3:47 am

        Not so fast, Scooter, there’s a challenge flag on the field… The red-squiggly does tell you that a word is not spelled correctly, according to the dictionary the program has on board. However, it does not tell one when they have chosen a wrong word for the context of the sentence. Ex. it will not tell you that you used “there” where you should have used “their” or even “they’re”; it will only tell you when you spelled the wrong word incorrectly.

        Since “loose” was spelled correctly, no red-squiggly would have appeared.

        The ruling on the field is overturned; you lose a timeout.

    Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to assemblerhead. | September 3, 2016 at 1:20 am

    That girl needs to be certified as a “Pathological Liar”. Or given a diagnosis of advance dementia.

    Or possibly run for public office…

Rumor has it the Clinton Team has recognized her “talent” and has offered her a position in Washington.

    DaveGinOly in reply to bt1. | September 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I realize you’re joking, but with her capacity for lying, she’d fit right in as press secretary. I really don’t understand how some of the spox for this administration get up in front of reporters and lie so glibly. Are they all liars in their private lives? How do you identify such personnel in order to hire them? Are they not the least bit embarrassed or ashamed of what they do? How do they come to work every day? Do even have any mirrors at home in which they must look at themselves? Is it the easy money (I mean, you don’t even have to know any facts, you just have to be able to stonewall and tell untruths – that can’t be that difficult from a “knowledge” or “talent” perspective. Unless their “talent” is their ability to lie with straight faces.)

      Josephblieu in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 2, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      When I was a Plant Manager years ago I had a favorite Foreman who told me he had the policy of leaving a dollar bill among the production reports for the accountant to record at the end of the shift, if the dollar was still there after the review he would get rid of the accountant, he refused to have one that would not steal.

      fxdwg69 in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      A B.S. in communication from Wellesley?

Money-man billionaire and co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, went way out his way to fund a lawsuit against Gawker that put the gossip blog out of business for playing a video showing Hulk Hogan screwing the wife of the ex-wrestler’s business partner.

So Hogan’s cause and the fact that he had no money after a successful wrestling career was rated higher than all those spoiled brats at Phi Kappa Psi whose fate was reminiscent of the Duke LaCrosse Team scandal.

The accuser’s name is Jackie Coakley.