Rolling Stone cites 'discrepancies' in Virginia rape story

Fri Dec 5, 2014 4:09pm EST
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By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) - Rolling Stone magazine on Friday apologized for its November article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were "discrepancies" about the accuser's account.

The story created an uproar at the school and prompted renewed debate on campus sexual abuse. The fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, rebutted the Rolling Stone story on Friday.

The story, by reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, described a 2012 alleged attack on a woman identified as "Jackie" at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house pledge party and the university's alleged failure to respond to the attack.

In a note to readers posted on the magazine's website, Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana said new information showed that there were "discrepancies" in Jackie's account of the alleged rape by seven men.

"We have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced," Dana said in the note.

"We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story," Dana said.

The accuser, whose real first name is Jackie, has not been otherwise identified by the magazine.

In a statement, the fraternity's University of Virginia chapter said Phi Kappa Psi did not hold a party on the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012, the night of the alleged attack.   Continued...