We’re still wondering how Rolling Stone remains in business.
The former University of Virginia student who claimed she was gang raped at a fraternity house in a since-discredited Rolling Stone article testified Monday that she was “naive” and felt pressured into participating in the story.
“I remember she said there was no way to pull out,” the woman, identified only as “Jackie,” said of journalist Sabrina Erdely in a taped deposition from April, the audio of which was played at the defamation trial against Rolling Stone.
“I don’t remember specifically but I remember feeling scared and unsure what to do,” she added.
Jackie’s account of being raped by seven fraternity members was featured prominently in Erdely’s incendiary Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus,” which was retracted by the magazine after the student’s story was called into question.
A former UVA associate dean, Nicole Eramo, is suing the magazine for $7.85 million, saying the article painted her as the “chief villain” who turned a blind eye to Jackie’s rape allegations.
Jackie testified that she could recall “feeling upset” when Erdely informed her that her story was going to be the focus of the article.
We have no doubt a hack with an agenda like Erdely pushed her into going with this story, but we have no compassion for anyone who makes up stories in order to ruin people’s lives. And this claim is just too rich:
She insisted that what she told Erdely was true.
“I stand by my account to Rolling Stone,” Jackie said. “I believed it to be true at the time. I was assaulted.”
But she admitted,“Some of the details of my assault are hazy now. I have PTSD.”
Please. Just stop.