May
12
2015

Libeled UVA Dean of Students wants to sue Rolling Stone into oblivion.

My sympathies are wholly with Ms. Eramo here.

A University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Tuesday, alleging that the magazine portrayed her as callous and indifferent to allegations of sexual assault on campus and made her the university’s “chief villain” in a now-debunked story about a fraternity gang rape.

Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner Media and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville, Va.

I recall at the time being surprised that there had been no pro forma denial by Ms. Eramo about those incendiary statements that had been attributed to her.  Turned out that it was because nobody at Rolling Stone bothered to fact-check said statements. And now everybody in the world, apparently, will be suing Rolling Stone.  As George Carlin used to say: there’s such balance in nature*.

Moe Lane

*Yes, I’m deliberately using that line ironically. I mean, it’s not like he can sue me.

2 Comments

  • Jim in Virginia says:

    So if Dean Eramo is suing for $7.5 mil, the suffering, pain and damages for the Phi Kappa Psi frat boys should be well over $50 million. Rocks through the windows, moving out in the middle of finals. Damage to individual and group reputations. I hope Wenner likes his new bosses.

  • Mikey NTH says:

    Good for her, and good for the Washington Post doing the investigative work Rolling Stone failed to do, and then reporting this.
    I would not want to be the UVa president right now, not the governor of Virginia.
    *Charles Bronson voice* “This. Ain’t. Over.”

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