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Since the atrocious and entirely fabricated Rolling Stone article detailing an alleged brutal gang rape that occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia was proven false, students and faculty affected by the story’s lies have sued the magazine.
Among those suing are three alumni who were members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the organization allegedly responsible for the heinous crimes. The men say that specific details in the article pointed to them taking part in the gang rape. However, a lawyer for Rolling Stone is trying to have the case dismissed, arguing that the article did not include enough details to incriminate them.
The men say certain details in the article, including graduation years of those involved and the room in the fraternity house that the alleged rape occurred, allowed readers to narrow them down as the culprits. This, they said, caused permanent damage to their reputations and made them the targets of online posts.
A lawyer for Rolling Stone has asked the judge to throw out the lawsuit, according to NBC News.
Attorneys representing Rolling Stone magazine on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought over a since-retracted article that alleged a sexual assault at a University of Virginia frat house.
The motion seeks to dismiss a suit brought by three graduates of the university who claim the article resulted in them being identified in online posts as the attackers detailed in the story and damaged their reputations.
The magazine’s attorneys argued in court documents that the article, titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,” didn’t identify anyone portrayed in the alleged assault by name or describe them physically, and that they can’t claim to have been identified just by their affiliation with the frat.
Two separate lawsuits remain on the table unchallenged. The entire chapter is suing Rolling Stone for $25 million. Associate Dean of Students Nicole Eramo, who was also portrayed in the article, filed a $7.8 million lawsuit..
[via NBC News]
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