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Reporter: UVa Rape Story Was My 'Worst Nightmare'

Sabrina Rubin Erdely had 'complete faith' in source

(Newser) - Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely "had complete faith" in her source for a story about campus rape at the University of Virginia, she writes in newly released court documents. The author of "A Rape on Campus" says a university administrator suing Rolling Stone for defamation suggests she... More »

Sean Penn: My El Chapo Article 'Failed'

He has one 'terrible regret' in particular about 'Rolling Stone' interview

(Newser) - While Sean Penn might not think his interview for Rolling Stone with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was rife with "stupidities," the actor now concedes he has "a terrible regret" about it—and he thinks the article ultimately "failed," CBS News reports. In a Santa... More »

Penn on El Chapo Controversy: 'Nothin' to Hide'

Actor has a response, albeit brief

(Newser) - Sean Penn's El Chapo interview may have gotten the Mexican drug lord captured , but it's also got Penn (and Rolling Stone, where it was published) catching a lot of flak . The AP asked the actor about it in an email exchange, specifically posing questions "on whether it... More »

Drug Kingpin's Downfall: Sean Penn

An interview, movie project tipped Mexican authorities off to Joaquin Guzman's location

(Newser) - "My head is swimming, labeling TracPhones (burners), one per contact, one per day, destroy, burn, buy, balancing levels of encryption," begins the just-released and already-controversial interview in Rolling Stone . The writer is Sean Penn, and his subject is as unlikely as he is sought-after: Joaquin Guzman—known equally... More »

Scott Weiland's Ex: He Died Long Before Dec. 3

Singer's former wife pens brutally blunt letter for 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - While the rest of the world mourned Scott Weiland's death on Dec. 3, his former wife and kids simply continued the mourning they'd been doing for years, she notes in a heartbreaking letter in Rolling Stone . "December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died,"... More »

Frat in Rape Story Sues Rolling Stone for $25M

Suit accuses magazine of 'reckless and unethical behavior'

(Newser) - A now-retracted Rolling Stone story on campus rape did $25 million in damage to the reputation of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday by the frat's University of Virginia chapter. The lawsuit, which can be seen here , says the magazine deliberately sought out... More »

Phil Collins Is Coming Out of Retirement

He left the music industry to raise his kids in 2011

(Newser) - Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord? Phil Collins is back. After announcing his retirement in 2011, Collins is jumping back into the music business. The British singer and drummer tells Rolling Stone that he's "no longer officially retired...the horse is out of... More »

3 UVa Graduates Sue Rolling Stone for Rape Story

Men say they were identified and maligned in debunked article

(Newser) - Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in Rolling Stone filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author today, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler, filed suit... More »

Sinead O'Connor Really, Really Hates This Cover

And expresses that in a profanity-laced rant

(Newser) - Not content with one celebrity nemesis , Sinead O'Connor is lashing out at Kim Kardashian, who, along with no small amount of cleavage, appears on the July cover of Rolling Stone . "What is this c*** doing on the cover of Rolling Stone," O'Connor complained on Facebook yesterday,... More »

UVa Dean Sues Rolling Stone for $7.8M

Nicole Eramo says bogus rape article destroyed her reputation

(Newser) - Rolling Stone will likely take a hit to more than its reputation over its deeply flawed story about campus rape at the University of Virginia. An associate dean there today filed a $7.8 million defamation suit against the magazine, reports NBC News . Nicole Eramo, who handles allegations of sexual... More »

Rolling Stone, You Screwed Up

Heads should have rolled, Jann Wenner

(Newser) - The scathing critique of Rolling Stone's campus rape story is out, the story retracted, legal action pending, and ... no heads are rolling? A look around the landscape shows near-universal shock at Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner's decision to not fire reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely and various editors and... More »

UVa Frat Plans Legal Action vs. 'Reckless' Rolling Stone

Phi Kappa Psi contends members were ostracized, too

(Newser) - Phi Kappa Psi barely let the ink dry on the scathing review of Rolling Stone's debunked rape expose before announcing that it's looking for some legal retribution, reports Brian Stelter at CNN . Per a statement: "After 130 days of living under a cloud of suspicion as a... More »

Rolling Stone Retracts UVa Rape Story After 'Journalistic Failure'

Columbia school of journalism says entire editorial process was flawed

(Newser) - It was a "journalistic failure." Rolling Stone magazine apologized and retracted its discredited article last night about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The magazine took the action after a report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism detailed the flawed editorial process behind... More »

Police: No Evidence of UVa Gang Rape

Investigation suspended, but not closed

(Newser) - Charlottesville police held a press conference today to discuss their investigation into the alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia reported in Rolling Stone, and, according to the AP , they announced they've suspended their investigation after being unable to confirm the rape happened as described—partially because the... More »

UVa. Reinstates Frat at Heart of Rolling Stone Story

Cops find no evidence that allegations occurred at Phi Kappa Psi

(Newser) - The University of Virginia today reinstated Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the heart of the Rolling Stone article on campus sexual assault , saying in a statement that local police had failed to find "any substantive basis to confirm that the allegations" in the article actually took place. "... More »

Rolling Stone Orders Audit of UVa Rape Story

Jann Wenner has asked Columbia Journalism School to examine what went wrong

(Newser) - Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is ordering an independent audit to get to the bottom of what went wrong with Sabrina Rubin Erdely's University of Virginia rape story , and the Columbia Journalism School will do the honors, the Washington Post reports. The investigative team, headed by deans Steve Coll... More »

UVa Roommate: Jackie's Story 'Is Not a Hoax'

Emily Clark describes suitemate's descent into depression

(Newser) - "I was Jackie’s suitemate first year. I fully support Jackie, and I believe wholeheartedly that she went through a traumatizing sexual assault." So writes Emily Clark in a letter posted last night to the University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily . Clark goes on to describe Jackie's... More »

Why Did We Believe the Jackie Rape Story?

...and other reactions to Rolling Stone's controversial article

(Newser) - With the University of Virginia gang-rape story springing leaks , reactions are rolling in—including a piece on why many people believed the horrific tale of seven frat-house boys committing ritualized rape. The answer: "We found something in that article that struck a chord with us," writes Julia Horowitz,... More »

Rolling Stone Debacle Will Set Back Progress

Instead of campus rape, we'll be talking about 'slipshod journalism,' says op-ed

(Newser) - With Rolling Stone backpedaling on its allegations of a gang rape at the University of Virginia, Susan Reimer at the Baltimore Sun takes stock of the situation: "What an ungodly mess," she writes. For a while there, it looked as if the nation might finally start having a... More »

Rolling Stone Admits Big Problems in UVa Rape Story

Magazine apologizes as 'discrepancies' emerge in alleged victim's account

(Newser) - A bombshell article by Rolling Stone about a gang rape at the University of Virginia is quickly unraveling. The magazine today issued a note to readers that casts doubt on the credibility of the alleged victim, a student identified only as Jackie. "There now appear to be discrepancies in... More »

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