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‘Rolling Stone’s Sole Source for the False Tale of Rape’ Must Testify in Lawsuit

Posted on | April 5, 2016 | 18 Comments


Jackie Coakley, the former University of Virginia student whose false story of a fraternity gang rape became the subject of a 2014 Rolling Stone story, will now be compelled to tell the truth under oath:

A Virginia judge has ruled that the woman at the center of Rolling Stone’s discredited story about an alleged frat house gang rape must testify as part of a lawsuit against the magazine.
The woman identified only as “Jackie” will be deposed on Thursday by attorneys representing Rolling Stone and Nicole Eramo, the University of Virginia administrator who is suing the magazine and the author of the now-retracted article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. . . .
Eramo, an associate dean of students at UVA, is suing Rolling Stone and Erdely for defamation over what she says was an unfair portrayal of her as an insensitive campus bureaucrat in the story. She is seeking $7.85 million in damages. . . .
At a hearing held Monday in a Charlottesville, Virginia, Judge Glen E. Conrad denied a motion filed by Jackie’s attorneys to quash the deposition subpoena. . . .
Libby Locke, an attorney for Eramo, said Rolling Stone’s negligence led to her client’s unflattering portrayal.
“Jackie was Rolling Stone’s sole source for the false tale of rape that it recklessly published. There were numerous red flags in Jackie’s account, which should have put Rolling Stone on notice that she was not a credible source for information,” Locke said. “Nevertheless, Rolling Stone was dead set on portraying Dean Eramo as a callous administrator who discouraged Jackie from reporting an assault to police — when in fact, it appears that Jackie knew that her tale of rape would not have stood up under real scrutiny and investigation. Had Rolling Stone done the fact-checking and digging that they were legally and ethically required to do as journalists, Dean Eramo would not have been so wrongfully targeted.” . . .
Rolling Stone also faces a $25 million suit from the UVA fraternity Phi Kappa Psi that was named in the article.
Three former frat members have also filed a suit against Rolling Stone, but have not specified an amount.

The liar Jackie Coakley has tried desperately to avoid telling the truth. Last week, the judge slapped down another one of her pathetic excuses.

UPDATE: Tell @AmandaMarcotte and @JessicaValenti about this news, because apparently the liars didn’t notice.





  • Joe Joe


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  • Fail Burton

    So the dean had better journalistic instincts than a journalist. Then again, you don’t need such things in a witchhunt. I hope RS gets burned in their own torching for every cent they’ve got.

  • M. Thompson

    Discovery is the fun part, here!

  • Steve Skubinna

    And this is why the patriarchy must be crushed! Their idea of “justice” involves such fascist masculine concepts as equal protection and due process and this so-called “evidence” concept.

    Waiting for the first claim that making her testify is “like being raped all over again.”

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Discovery is a bitch.

  • Joe Joe

    The Dean also didn’t appreciate being lied about. Jackie Coakley could destroy Eramo’s career with these kinds of lies. It’s hard enough getting to the position of Dean, but if Eramo ever wants to advance further, that means applying for open positions at other universities. Jackie’s lies, via Rolling Stone, could destroy Eramo with any search committee.

  • Steve Skubinna

    On the other hand, the dean was more than happy to libel an innocent fraternity, and stand passively by when its members were falsely accused of rape… so my sympathy meter for her isn’t budging the needle.

    Which illuminates the sad and entirely predictable end result of thuggish progressive tactics – sooner or later they are turned against their wielders. The revolution thirsts for blood and will not be sated. They always end up eating each other.

    Sucks to have your reputation besmirched, right dean? You could ask Phi Kappa Psi about that.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Takes one to know one.

    Oops… ummm, I was speaking of “Jackie” here.

  • Joe Joe

    No. The libel was done by UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan.

    Dean Eramo, on the other hand, has had her name smeared all over the MSM since the story broke. She, of all people, knew how fake the allegations were, since she knew that Jackie’s claims in regard to her were false.

  • Fail Burton

    And then what happened Miss Cockly?

    Coakley, your honor.


    You said Cockly. My name’s Coakley.

    That’s what I said. In any event, please continue with your testimony.

    Okay. Well, then these 9 guys threw me through a plate glass window. I fell onto a keg of exploding gunpowder and got run over by a Greyhound bus, causing me to bite my tongue off. The knitting needles in my backpack went right through my liver and I had a heart attack. I got dragged 3 miles and ended up in some sand dunes, and spiders ate my face off. Then I got stung by an eagle.

  • mole

    memo to self: popcorn supplies low, more booze needed, armchair just comfy enough.
    Time to settle down for some legal fireworks that will make Michael Bay drool with envy.

  • Steve White

    The deposition will be done privately but that’s not a problem — civil depositions usually are done privately. If the case makes it to trial and Ms. Eramo’s legal team calls on Ms. Coakley to testify (which they will since her testimony is central to the case), that’s when it’s going to become fun. Ms. Coakley’s lawyers will again object, and this time they just might (based on the contents of the depositions) be able to make a case.

    But the damage to Ms. Coakley comes not at trial, but rather at the deposition. She’s under oath — if she lies, she can be prosecuted for perjury. That would certainly happen to you or me if we lied in a deposition; would the court and state prosecutor would go after Ms. Coakley? Depends. But the risk is there, and prosecutors have a strong dislike for perjurers.

    I suspect that the following happens:

    1 — Ms. Eramo’s team pushes Rolling Stone very hard for a big settlement now as opposed to the risk of an even bigger settlement at trial

    2 — Rolling Stone considers whether to go after Ms. Coakley formally and if so, how to get blood from a turnip

    3 — Given that Ms. Coakley’s lawyers will have had a heart-to-heart with the young woman about the consequences of perjury, she recants her entire story during the deposition. She’d rather be vilified by Rolling Stone than go to prison.

  • paykasa bozdurma

    Time to settle down for some legal fireworks that will make Michael Bay drool with envy.

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