In connection with her lawsuit against Rolling Stone for damages done to her as a result of their false UVA fraternity rape story, Nicole Eramo has given an interview:
Eramo told ABC News that she could not discuss her interactions with Jackie beyond what was contained in court documents for her defamation lawsuit against the magazine in order not to violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The trial for Eramo’s $7.85 million defamation civil suit against Rolling Stone is expected to start Monday. The UVA chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity named in the article, also brought a defamation suit against the magazine, for $25 million; it is scheduled go to trial in the fall of 2017.
In the article, Jackie claimed that Eramo seemed to discourage her from going public with her allegations because she was worried about the university’s reputation and that Eramo said, “Nobody wants to send their daughter to a rape school.”
Eramo told ABC News that she never said that and she would never make a statement like that to an alleged sexual assault survivor. When asked whether Jackie made up that statement, Eramo said, “I can’t say, but I know I didn’t say it.”
I hope she wins every penny, and I hope the same for the fraternity’s lawsuit.
I wrote about the case extensively at the time, and there is no question in my mind that the periodical and its reporter were at fault and should be held accountable. I also have a dream, perhaps an unrealistic one: that the results of the lawsuit would further discourage other periodicals from being similarly reckless about what they publish in their pursuit of their own political goals.