UNITED STATES

‘Rolling Stone’ settles with former university dean

Rolling Stone has reached a confidential settlement with Nicole Eramo, a former University of Virginia associate dean who had sued the magazine alleging that it defamed her in a 2014 story about an alleged gang rape on campus, write T Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown for The Washington Post.

The settlement brings an end to a lawsuit that had roiled the University of Virginia community with a case study in the practice and ethics of journalism. The magazine's November 2014 story, "A Rape on Campus", recounted the shocking story of a young woman's gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house – a story that was discredited after serious flaws were revealed.

In a trial that began in October 2016, Eramo's lawyers argued that the article’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, had arrived on campus determined to write a story about a university's callousness to the problem of sexual assault. She did not let facts get in the way of the story, they argued, and she wrongly turned Eramo into the face of institutional indifference.
Full report on the Chicago Tribune site