UVA Dean Files Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone

The University of Virginia’s associate dean of students filed the defamation lawsuit May 12.

A dean at the University of Virginia filed a $7.8 million defamation lawsuit on May 12 after being portrayed in the now-retracted Rolling Stone article titled ‘A Rape on Campus’.

Nicole Eramo, UVA’s associate dean of students, filed the lawsuit, which targets both the magazine and the writer of the article, arguing she was cast as the villain in the story and falsely quoted.

The university supports the dean as she seeks at least $7.5 million in compensatory damages, at least $350,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees, according to NBC News.

In the article Eramo is mentioned multiple times and reported to have explained that rape statistics at the school were not public because “nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school.”

Campus Safety had previously reported that Rolling Stone retracted the article after a report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism found major journalistic mistakes by the magazine in the writing and editing process.

Wenner Media, which publishes Rolling Stone, declined to comment.

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