Defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone continues: ‘Jackie’ speaks

Courtesy of AP Graphics
Courtesy of AP Graphics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP/WRIC) — The author of a discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about a woman’s rape at a fraternity house says the level of detail and emotion with which the woman spoke with made her believable.

Sabrina Rubin Erdely was cross-examined Friday in the $7.8 million defamation trial against the magazine over its 2014 story “A Rape on Campus.”

Jurors listened to more than two hours of an audio recording of one of Erdely’s interviews with the woman identified in the article only as “Jackie.” Erdely noted that Jackie recounted with great emotion a nightmare she kept having in which she is walking to the room where the alleged rape occurred.

Erdely says she could “feel the horror of that nightmare” and felt scared for Jackie.

Also in the tape, Jackie described getting a tattoo with the word, “Unbreakable,” to demonstrate resolve in dealing with what she said had happened.

Attorney Scott Sexton asked Erdely, of Philadelphia, if it ever occurred to her someone would get a tattoo to commemorate something that didn’t happen.

Erdely responded, “Never.”

University of Virginia administrator, Nicole Eramo, is suing the magazine and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely for over how she was portrayed in the 2014 story.

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