A federal judge declared Jan. 12 that “Jackie” — the primary source in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article published November 2014, and subsequently retracted — must release documents related to Assoc. Dean Nicole Eramo’s pending defamation lawsuit.
Eramo filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone May 12, after the magazine retracted the article, which detailed a violent gang rape and depicted the University’s involvement in the case after Jackie reported it to the Office of the Dean of Students.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Glen E. Conrad said Jackie’s communications with Rolling Stone and Erdely, who wrote the article in question, would be integral to the defamation case. Conrad said he will also likely call for Jackie to release communications with University administrators and staff. Conrad is still considering requests for communications between Jackie and family and friends related to the article.
Jackie’s lawyers have argued, as the alleged victim of sexual assault, she is protected from the request to release documents which related to Rolling Stone’s reporting of her alleged gang rape.
In court documents, Eramo’s lawyers have said Jackie’s account was fabricated, and was an attempt to “catfish” a student Jackie was romantically interested in during her first year at the University.