Just over a year ago, an associate dean of students at the University of Virginia filed a $7.85 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine. Nicole Eramo, who heads UVA’s sexual misconduct board, was named specifically in Sabrina Erdely’s horrifying yet thoroughly debunked story, “A Rape on Campus,” which Rolling Stone eventually retracted. Both Rolling Stone and Erdely are named as defendants.
Rape on campus is a real problem, which is why it’s so unfortunate that Rolling Stone felt it had to find the most sensational take on the subject possible at the expense of simple fact-checking. Eramo’s suit is now being heard, and the evidence her lawyers have presented should put to rest any doubts about Erdely’s story being fabricated.
Lawyers for dean in Rolling Stone lawsuit file new evidence that “Jackie" created fake persona named Haven Monahan https://t.co/i4wNWJwZcZ
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) May 19, 2016
Evidence that Rolling Stone's "Jackie" entirely fabricated the guy she claimed raped her https://t.co/NKLiEOinCh
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) May 19, 2016
Lawyers in Rolling Stone lawsuit file new evidence that "Jackie" created fake persona https://t.co/4w2yEqmv0B
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 18, 2016
Rolling Stone looks to be on shaky ground after rushing Jackie’s story to print. The Washington Post reports that Charlottesville Police investigating alleged rapist “Haven Monahan” found that no person by that name had ever attended the university.
Maybe it was just an alias for a real person? Unlikely. “Photographs that were texted to one of Jackie’s friends showing the alleged attacker were actually pictures depicting one of Jackie’s high school classmates in Northern Virginia,” the Washington Post reports. That classmate confirmed to the paper that the photos were of him, but that he barely knew Jackie.
There’s plenty more, but the story takes a particularly Clinton-like turn regarding some recent tinkering with the Haven.Monahan@yahoo.com email account, even though Haven Monahan doesn’t exist.
Looks like Jackie’s lawyers lied about handing over all the documents required in gang rape hoax: https://t.co/oqbINbe8gA
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) May 19, 2016
Jackie Coakley's lawyers busted logging into "Haven Monahan" Yahoo account, then claiming not to have access to it. https://t.co/P1ZyUuKKCn
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 19, 2016
Ruh Roh: "There are no responsive documents"
"Uh, your lawfirm accessed the email acct we wanted info on"https://t.co/lfIGJ2MVeq
— Nicholas Weaver (@ncweaver) May 19, 2016
The Washington Post reports:
After filing the lawsuit, Eramo’s lawyers asked Jackie and her legal team to hand over all documents in their possession related to “Haven.” In multiple responses, Jackie’s lawyers wrote that they had already given Eramo’s legal team everything they had.
In the most recent court filing, Eramo’s lawyers note, however, that the data from Yahoo shows that someone on the Stein Mitchell law firm’s network [home of a lawyer representing Jackie] accessed the Haven.Monahan@yahoo.com email address on March 18, 2016. Four days later, Eramo’s lawyers assert in court filings, Jackie’s lawyers sent another letter indicating “that Jackie was not in possession of these emails.”
Jackie’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.
What were they going to say? That someone must have wiped Yahoo’s mail server, like, with a cloth or something?
— Katie Sawyer (@Sawyerfarm) May 19, 2016
The problem is, Rolling Stone thought this was good journalism because it fit their narrative.
"Jackie" from UVA is a deranged loon and Rolling Stone deserves every penny it loses for relying on her. https://t.co/ktDcy4iWiB
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) May 19, 2016
— James Hicks (@Jhic709365) May 19, 2016
@washingtonpost Someone needs to do jail time for this hoax.
— Spartan Maker (@SpartanMaker) May 18, 2016