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Rolling Stone Reporter Takes Stand in Rape Story Case

Sabrina Erdely says 'Jackie' was completely convincing as a rape victim

(Newser) - The Rolling Stone reporter currently being sued for defamation over a discredited and retracted story of gang rape at the University of Virginia took the stand this week to convince jurors that her source was utterly convincing, Charlottesville Newsplex reports. According to the Washington Post , Sabrina Erdely not only found... More »

College Football Player Says He Was Bullied, Forced to Fight

Former University of Virginia player Aidan Howard has sued

(Newser) - A former University of Virginia football player was bullied and harassed by teammates because of his learning disability and seriously injured after being forced to fight another athlete in order to prove his "manliness," according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school this month. Aidan Howard said... More »

Rolling Stone Rape-Story Trial Won't Be Mag's Undoing

'Rolling Stone' is being sued for defamation over UVa article

(Newser) - A defamation case against Rolling Stone magazine over a botched article on campus rape at the University of Virginia gets underway Monday. Some related developments:
  • "Jackie," the student who claimed to have been gang-raped at a frat party, is expected to testify as a live witness during the
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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 »

Judge Orders UVa 'Jackie' to Testify

She has resisted giving testimony in defamation lawsuit

(Newser) - The woman who said she was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house and was the centerpiece of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article must answer attorneys' questions in a defamation lawsuit , a federal judge has ruled. The student identified as "Jackie" in the article has fiercely resisted attempts... More »

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Virginia College Students

He got 4 life sentences but no death penalty

(Newser) - The man known as the "UVA killer" will in all likelihood spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to killing two Virginia college students over the past seven years, NBC News reports. Jesse Matthew was sentenced to four life sentences on Wednesday as part of... More »

US Student Detained in North Korea 'Confesses'

A Baptist church, a secret society, and the US government made him do it

(Newser) - North Korea trotted out an American college student it's held for two months Monday, and 21-year-old Otto Frederick Warmbier sobbed, bowed deeply, and pleaded for forgiveness from "every one of the millions of the Korean people." "Please! I made the worst mistake of my life,"... More »

North Korea Detained US Student After 'Hotel Incident'

'My belief is that Otto kept it to himself out of hope it might go unnoticed'

(Newser) - There are still few details about the "hotel incident" that led to the detention of a 21-year-old American college student earlier this month while visiting North Korea, Reuters reports. Otto Warmbier was preparing to leave the country Jan. 2 when he was detained at Pyongyang Airport, according to the... More »

N. Korea Arrests US Student on 'Party Tour'

Otto Frederick Warmbier was arrested Jan. 2 on a tourist trip

(Newser) - North Korea says it has detained an American student from the University of Virginia who visited the country as part of a "New Year's Party Tour." A rep for Chinese travel company Young Pioneer Tours says undergraduate commerce student Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, was arrested at Pyongyang... 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 »

Thomas Jefferson's Lost Chemistry Lab Found

The 200-year-old chemical hearth was preserved by accident

(Newser) - A worker renovating the Rotunda at the University of Virginia made an unexpected discovery when he crawled through a hole in the wall: part of a chemistry lab partly designed by Thomas Jefferson nearly 200 years ago, the Charlottesville Newsplex reports. The brick chemical hearth—one of the only remaining... 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 »

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 »

Suspect in UVa Killing Faces Death Penalty

Charges are upgraded against Jesse Matthew

(Newser) - The man accused of abducting and murdering a University of Virginia sophomore will now face the death penalty. Prosecutors today announced a charge of capital murder against 33-year-old Jesse Matthew in the death of Hannah Graham last year, reports the Daily Progress . Prosecutors initially didn't seek the death penalty,... 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 »

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 Protests Student's 'Appalling' Arrest

He was slammed to the ground by alcohol agents

(Newser) - It was a "highly unusual and appalling" incident, the University of Virginia's president says. Officials are investigating the arrest early yesterday of a 20-year-old black student who needed 10 stitches in his head after being wrestled to the ground by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents, ABC reports. Martese Johnson'... More »

Hannah Graham Suspect Charged With Murder

Jesse Matthew will not face the death penalty

(Newser) - Jesse Matthew, who had already been charged with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham , has now been charged with her murder. In today announcing the first-degree murder charge, Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford noted Matthew will not face the death penalty. She says that "... More »

UVa Sororities Fume Over Ban from Key Fraternities Event

National chapters' action prompts petition

(Newser) - Sorority members at the University of Virginia are taking a stand over a rule they argue is rooted in discrimination. This Saturday is bid night at UVa campus fraternities, an event in which the sorority sisters normally take part—but this year, national chapters are requiring many of them to... 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 »

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