However, according to the Columbia report, "Jackie never requested ...
that Rolling Stone refrain from contacting" the three friends that she said were with her that night, although she did only give the writer their first names.
In the months Sabrina Rubin Erdely reported the story, Jackie said or did nothing that made her, or 's editors and fact-checkers, question her credibility.
Jackie’s friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported her account. We reached out to both the local branch and the national leadership of Phi Psi, the fraternity where Jackie said she was attacked.
A federal jury has found Rolling Stone magazine, its owner and reporter Sabrina Erdely liable in the defamation lawsuit brought over a retracted story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, a television station reported on Friday. District Court in Charlottesville, Virginia found Rolling Stone and owner Wenner Media was each found liable on three claims, it said.
WVIR-TV said that Erdely had been found liable with malice on six claims in the lawsuit brought by school administrator Nicole Eramo. "Eramo’s lawyers wrote in their complaint that the magazine defamed her by casting the former associate dean as a villain in the article, portraying her as the public face of an administration indifferent to rape victims," The Washington Post's Lawyers for Rolling Stone countered that while the magazine made mistakes, it hadn't acted with "actual malice," the standard needed in defamation cases involving public figures, according to The Post.
The fraternity has issued a formal statement denying the assault and asserting that there was no "date function or formal event" on the night in question.
Jackie herself is now unsure if the man she says lured her into the room where the rape occurred, identified in the story as "Drew," was a Phi Psi brother.
Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie's story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man who she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men who she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her.
Various subsequent reports — notably by The Washington Post — discovered that no Phi Psi member matched the description of Jackie's alleged rapist in the Rolling Stone article and the fraternity did not hold a party the night she alleged she was raped.
Additionally, a group of Jackie's friends who are mentioned using pseudonyms in the Rolling Stone story came out and denied many of the details she provided the magazine.
Then, as questions were raised about why the author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, either failed to contact the alleged rapists or never even tried, the story morphed into a flashpoint in various other debates, from how we treat rape victims to journalism ethics to the nature of memory.
Rolling Stone eventually retracted its report, and now managing editor Will Dana is leaving the magazine. Jackie, who was 18 at the time, says she was asked out by “Drew” (a pseudonym used in the article), an attractive junior she met while they were both working as lifeguards at the university pool.