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Rolling Stone says its trust in source for UVA story ‘was misplaced’

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Rolling Stone says “there now appear to be discrepancies” in the account of a rape at the center of its blockbuster story about rapes at the University of Virginia.

The magazine has “come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” Managing Editor Will Dana writes. “We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”

The piece’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, did not contact the men that main character Jackie said raped her. “I’m satisfied that these guys exist and are real,” Sean Wood, who edited the story, told Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi. “We knew who they were.”

T. Rees Shapiro reports that the fraternity where Jackie said the rape happened did not host a party on the night in question, and that “no members of the fraternity were employed at the university’s Aquatic Fitness Center during that time frame — a detail Jackie provided in her account to Rolling Stone and in interviews with The Washington Post — and that no member of the house matches the description detailed in the Rolling Stone account.”

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