A jury found reporter Sabrina Erdely and Rolling Stone magazine liable on multiple claims in a defamation lawsuit based on a story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, reports CBS News.
University official Nicole Eramo was seeking $7.5 million in damages over the magazine's portrayal of her as trying to sweep reports of a rape by a woman identified as "Jackie" under the rug for the sake of the university.
Eramo and her representatives had to prove that the story made her appear "odious, infamous, or ridiculous" and that the magazine had acted with "malice," or that the magazine knew what it was writing was false, or should have known it was false.
The magazine's lawyers argued that everyone who came across Jackie believed her story and that they did not doubt the truthfulness of her account until it was too late.
Many people feel as though the magazine damaged survivor credibility.
Rolling Stone released this statement in the wake of the jury's decision.
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