A dean at the University of Virginia who was a subject of the now-discredited Rolling Stone article about rape has filed a $7.8 million defamation lawsuit against the magazine and the writer of the story.
According to NBC News, Nicole Eramo, the school's associate dean of students, filed the suit in Charlottesville, VA, Tuesday. The suit lists Rolling Stone magazine, writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely and publisher Wenner Media as defendants.
Eramo, who's cast as “the chief villain” in the article, said in a statement provided by her lawyer Tuesday:
“I am filing this defamation lawsuit to set the record straight — and to hold the magazine and the author of the article accountable for their actions in a way they have refused to do themselves.”
In the now-discredited article, a student named “Jackie” asks Eramo for details about sexual assault at the university. “Jackie” quotes Eramo as saying that the statistics weren't publicly available “because nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school.”
The magazine retracted the article last month, after a report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism found that it violated “basic, even routine journalistic practice.”
Eramo is seeking at least $7.5 million in compensatory damages and at least $350,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees. She has also set up a crowdfunding page to help defer some of her legal costs.
You can read the suit below: