Rolling Stone has settled a defamation lawsuit with a fraternity at the University of Virginia following a 2014 article it published about a brutal gang rape involving the fraternity. The magazine has agreed to pay $1.65 million to Phi Kappa Psi after retracting the story A Rape on Campus.
According to ABC News, the article told the story of a woman (identified as "Jackie") who was sexually assaulted by members of the fraternity duing a party. The article went viral but following an investigation, police found no evidence of the incident. Rolling Stone retracted the story and the fraternity demanded $25 million as part of a defamation suit.
"It has been nearly three years since we, and the entire University of Virginia community, were shocked by the now infamous article, and we are pleased to be able to close the book on that trying ordeal and its aftermath," the fraternity said, per ABC News.
In 2016, a jury found the magazine guilty of defaming a former associate dean from the University of Virginia with the article as well.
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