(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A University of Virginia dean filed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, writer Sabrina Ederly and Wenner Media over the article published last year regarding an alleged sexual assault on the university’s campus.
The article claimed that Dean Nicole Eramo had attempted to sweep the alleged victim’s assault under the rug. Eramo claims that Ederly and Rolling Stone “claimed…that Dean Eramo intentionally tried to coddle Jackie to persuade her not to report her rape; that she was indifferent to Jackie’s allegations; that she discouraged Jackie from sharing her story with others; that she ‘abuse[d]’ Jackie; that she did ‘nothing’ in response to Jackie’s allegations,” and other accusations, according to the complaint. Eramo claims all such suggestions are flatly untrue.
Eramo is seeking $7.5 million in compensatory damages, $350,000 in punitive damages and her expenses and legal fees.
Last month, in an open letter, Eramo accused the magazine of “[celebrating] these malicious and false allegations by accompanying the article with a cartoonish picture of me doctored to appear as though I was smiling and giving a ‘thumbs up’ to a crying victim sitting in my office, while angry protesters marched outside with signs like ‘Stop Victim Blaming,'” the letter continued.
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