Jury awards UVA administrator $3 million over Rolling Stone article

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A jury awarded $3 million in damages Monday to a former University of Virginia administrator in a defamation case against Rolling Stone magazine.

Former associate dean of students Nicole Eramo sued the magazine, publisher and author, claiming a discredited article on a student’s rape at the university portrayed Eramo as ignoring the rape. Eramo had asked the court for $7.5 million in damages.

“There’s really no amount of money that could put Nicole back to the day before the article,” Eramo’s attorney, Libby Locke, told reporters in response to the jury’s decision.

The jury decided Friday that Rolling Stone, its publisher and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely were guilty of defamation with actual malice.

The jury decided this week that Eramo was entitled to $2 million for Erdely’s statements and $1 million for the republication of the article on Dec. 5 by Rolling Stone and Wenner Media, the Associated Press reported.

Rolling Stone lawyers did not immediately comment on the monetary damages.

Rolling Stone will pay the damages of the three-week trial. The magazine faces another lawsuit from Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity in which the student at the center of the story said she was raped. The fraternity is asking for $25 million in damages, reported AP.

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