(RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH) – A federal judge officially has ordered the young woman at the center of a debunked Rolling Stone article to turn over communications about her alleged sexual assault.
U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad penned an order filed in federal court Monday compelling the cooperation of "Jackie," the young woman whose account of a brutal gang rape at a 2012 fraternity party during her freshman year at the University of Virginia served as the centerpiece of a now-retracted article about the culture of sexual assault on college campuses.
Published in November 2014, the article created a firestorm of controversy but soon fell apart under intense scrutiny, with Rolling Stone saying in December 2014 that their trust in Jackie was "misplaced." In January 2015, Charlottesville police said it could not find evidence that the alleged rape ever occurred, a subsequent review by the Columbia University School of Journalism called the article a "journalistic failure" and Rolling Stone retracted the story in April 2015.
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