Fact-checker testifies that she trusted ‘Jackie’

(File photo/AP)
(File photo/AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — A fact-checker for Rolling Stone magazine has testified that the woman who was the subject of a since-retracted story about a gang rape didn’t seem to have a hidden agenda.

Elisabeth Garber-Paul testified Tuesday in the defamation trial brought by a former associate dean at the University of Virginia. The former dean, Nicole Eramo, is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine because she says the article portrayed her as the “chief villain.”

Garber-Paul testified that she trusted the woman identified only as “Jackie,” who said she was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in September of 2012.

Garber-Paul said that she, story author Sabrina Rubin Erdely and editor Sean Woods all decided to not confirm Jackie’s story with her friends. She also testified that the magazine did not have any written policies for fact-checking when “A Rape on Campus” was published.

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