Virginia fraternity sues Rolling Stone over rape story

UVA Dean Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone

A University of Virginia fraternity sued Rolling Stone magazine on Monday for $25 million in damages over a discredited article about a 2012 gang rape at the fraternity.

The Phi Kappa Psi chapter filed the defamation lawsuit in Charlottesville, Virginia, Circuit Court against Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Erdely, the fraternity said in a statement.

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"Rolling Stone published the article with reckless disregard for the truth," it said.

The lawsuit contends that Rolling Stone and Erdely wanted to advance a narrative of college campus sexual violence by depicting a rape, whether it was true or not, the statement said.

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Images captured by WTVR show the vandalized Phi Kappa Psi house in the wake of a bombshell Rolling Stone report including claims men in the fraternity sexually assaulted a student. 
Students Exercising on Campus by Fraternity Houses at University of Virginia in Charlottesville USA. Phi Kappa Psi, the University of Virginia fraternity where a student interviewed by Rolling Stone claims she was raped by seven men, can be seen on the left. 
Students at the University of Virginia in University of Virginia socialize in afternoon sun outside a fraternity house on campus
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan (center) smiles for a picture with graduating students Brittany Smith (left) and Elizabeth Grizzle after the Valedictory Exercises at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. on May 18, 2013. 
A view of the Rotunda one of the best known structures on the campus of the University of Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-JUNE 24, 2012-CAPTION: Over 1,500 students, professors and local citizens turned out forÊ'Rally for Honor' on theÊLawn on the campus of the University of Virginia, two days before the school's board reconsiders its decision. During the two-hour rally, faculty membersÊcalled for the UVA Board of Visitors to reinstateÊousted president Teresa Sullivan.ÊOn Friday Gov. Bob McDonnell threatened to replace the entire board if it fails to resolve the matter. (Photo by Jay Paul for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

The 9,000-word story published in November 2014 said that a female student, identified by her real name, Jackie, endured a gang rape at the fraternity in late 2012.

The story caused a national furor and sparked demonstrations at the school about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington. The Phi Kappa Psi house was vandalized and the school shut down fraternity and sorority activities for the rest of the semester.

The magazine, known for its pop music coverage, retracted its story in December after citing discrepancies in Jackie's account. It admitted that it never sought comment from the seven men accused of the alleged rape.

Charlottesville police said in March they had found no evidence to back up Jackie's story.

A review of the story by the Columbia University School of Journalism commissioned by Rolling Stone found in April that the magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards.

A spokesman for Rolling Stone could not be immediately reached for comment.

Rolling Stone is owned by Jann Wenner, who founded it in 1967. The privately held company, Wenner Media LLC, also publishes the magazines US Weekly and Men's Journal.

Rolling Stone also faces lawsuits from a university administrator who alleges she was defamed and from three University of Virginia graduates who were members of the fraternity.

Fraternities and sororities are social clubs at many U.S. colleges. They often have their own housing.

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A copy of Rolling Stone magazine is read on January 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Pope Francis is taking his place alongside the icons of American popular culture by appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which hits newsstands on January 31, 2014. It's the first time the staunchly liberal rock-music bible has featured a Roman Catholic pontiff on its cover, which is typically graced by pop stars and movie idols. 'Pope Francis: the times they are a-changin',' reads the cover headline that borrows the title of Bob Dylan's classic early 1960s anthem. The Argentine-born pope, who took office in March last year, has previously been Time magazine's Person of the Year. He also made the cover of The Advocate, the respected US gay rights magazine. In an accompanying 8,000-word profile, seen on its website January 29, 2014, Rolling Stone hailed the pontiff's relaxed style and his less aggressive stance on such hot-button issues as homosexuality compared to his two predecessors. AFP PHOTO/MICHAEL THURSTON (Photo credit should read Michael THURSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Shakira attends the Rolling Stone cover and release party for new album 'She Wolf' at The Bowery Hotel on November 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
July 17, 2013 - California, USA - The August 1, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features on the cover a portrait of alleged Boston Bombing suspect Jahar Tsarnaev. The controversial cover, with a 12 page article attributed to Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Janet Reitman, has many in Boston upset at what many have come to expect to be on the cover of the Rolling Stone, a rock star, adding that the photo resembles a September 1981Rolling Stone Cover of the late Jim Morrison. (Credit Image: © David Bro/
CORAL GABLES, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Photographer Annie Leibovitz autographs her iconic Rolling Stone cover photo featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono at The Biltmore Country Club Ballroom on November 25, 2008 in Coral Gables, Florida (Photo by Logan Fazio/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 14: A group of Rolling Stone magazines with Barack Obama on the cover are seen at a magazine shop July 14, 2008 in New York City. This week's edition of The New Yorker magazine with a satirical illustration on the cover depicting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) dressed in traditional Arab garb and his wife Michelle Obama dressed in military fatigues and carrying an assault rifle is generating controversy. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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