In a two-page
ruling on Monday, Virginia-based Chief U.S. District Judge Glen
Conrad ordered the woman, who is identified in court papers for
the case as "Jackie," to participate in a deposition on
The Rolling Stone article "A Rape on Campus" published in 2014
described a gang rape of a University of Virginia first-year
student identified by her first name of Jackie, allegedly during
a party at a fraternity.
The article caused an uproar over the issue of campus sexual
assault, but Rolling Stone retracted the story after
discrepancies surfaced. The magazine later commissioned a review
by Columbia University that criticized the publication for
reporting and editing lapses.
In the latest development, Judge Conrad ordered Jackie to be
deposed in a federal defamation lawsuit filed against Rolling
Stone by a University of Virginia administrator.
Nicole Eramo, an associate dean of students who had met and
counseled Jackie, stated in her lawsuit that she was falsely
depicted in Rolling Stone as a villain who showed indifference
to Jackie's allegations that she had been raped.
Charlottesville police last year said an investigation was
unable to corroborate the magazine's story of the assault on
In the deposition scheduled for Thursday, the judge has asked
Jackie to respond to questions from attorneys for both Eramo and
for Rolling Stone.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Tom
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