The story of “Jackie”
The defamation case associated with the now famous story has gone to trial and the writer took the stand.
FOX News reports:
Rolling Stone reporter admits errors in retracted gang rape story
The author of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia on Thursday acknowledged Thursday that she made mistakes while reporting the story of the woman identified only as “Jackie.”
Sabrina Rubin Erdely took the stand in the defamation trial against the magazine over its 2014 story about a woman identified only as “Jackie.” University administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.8 million from the magazine for its portrayal of her in the story.
Libby Locke, an attorney for Eramo, quizzed Erdely about her reporting errors, including her decision not contact the Jackie’s friends who went to her aid the night of the alleged assault and failure to raise concerns about changes in Jackie’s account over time. Erdley said in her earlier deposition that she was aware that Jackie had initially told her roommate she was attacked by five men, but later said it was seven men.
Erdely, of Philadelphia, said Thursday that Jackie’s changing story didn’t bother her because “it takes trauma victims time to come forward with all the details.”
“There’s a lot of shame and self-blame involved,” Erdely said. “The details had changed over time as she came to terms with the rape.”
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