Eramo speaks on defamation lawsuit

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NEW YORK (NEWSPLEX) -- A former dean at the University of Virginia is opening up about allegations made against her regarding her handling of sexual assault cases.

Nicole Eramo spoke to ABC's 20/20 as part of a special called "What Happened to Jackie?"

Jackie's story about an alleged gang rape on the University of Virginia Grounds captured national attention when it was published in Rolling Stone two years ago.

However, evidence now suggests the rape never happened.

Eramo is suing the magazine, its publisher and the writer of the debunked article for millions of dollars, claiming defamation.

"It was one of the biggest stories to ever hit a college campus ever," said Washington Post Reporter T. Rees Shapiro.

"We think the evidence is very clear that Rolling Stone acted with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth," said Libby Locke, Eramo's attorney.

Eramo says one of the more hurtful parts of the article involved a photo illustration.

"It looks like I'm completely indifferent to this young woman crying in my office, which is a complete mischaracterization of the type of person that I am," she said.

The trial is set to begin on Monday in Charlottesville.



 
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