(HOLLYWOODREPORTER) — Jurors on Monday awarded a University of Virginia administrator $3 million for her portrayal in a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about the school's handling of an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house.
The 10-member jury's decision came after they concluded Friday that the magazine, its publisher and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely were responsible for defamation, with actual malice, of former associate dean of students Nicole Eramo in the 2014 story "A Rape on Campus."
Eramo sued the magazine for $7.5 million, claiming it cast her as a villain who sought to discourage the woman identified only as "Jackie" from reporting her alleged assault to police. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's rape claims.
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