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

Phi Kappa Psi contends members were ostracized, too
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2015 12:25 PM CDT
UVa Frat Threatens Lawsuit vs. 'Reckless' Rolling Stone
This Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo shows the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.   (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

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 result of reckless reporting by Rolling Stone magazine, today the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi announced plans to pursue all available legal action against the magazine." The statement further contended that members were ostracized and the frat house was vandalized, notes the AP.

Added chapter president Stephen Scipione, "this type of reporting serves as a sad example of a serious decline of journalistic standards." An expert tells CNN that though defamation suits often go nowhere, "in this case, it's hard to argue that there were not tangible, recognizable reputational injuries. The story went viral. Everyone was talking about it." (More University of Virginia stories.)

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