November 22: A mob gathers outside the maligned fraternity, egged on by ROLLING STONE magazine.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely's infamous account of the gang rape at University of Virginia is officially collapsing.
Rolling Stone has published a note that says it doubts "victim" Jackie's account.
In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.This is what happens when you place your trust in a writer who uses suspect sources to write ideologically tendentious "investigative" narratives that are riddled with obvious errors and omissions.
From The Washington Post:
A lawyer for the University of Virginia fraternity whose members were accused of a brutal gang rape said Friday that the organization will release a statement rebutting the claims printed in a Rolling Stone article about the incident. Several of the woman’s close friends and campus sex assault awareness advocates expressed doubt about the published account, and the magazine’s editors also apologized to readers for discrepancies in the story.
Officials close to the fraternity said that the statement will indicate that Phi Kappa Psi did not host a party on Sept. 28, 2012, the night that a university student named Jackie alleges she was invited to a date party, lured into an upstairs room and was then ambushed and gang-raped by seven men who were rushing the fraternity.
The officials also said 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.
The attorney, Ben Warthen, who has represented Phi Kappa Psi, said the statement would come out Friday afternoon. He declined to comment further.
[U-Va. fraternity to rebut claims of gang rape in Rolling Stone, By T. Rees Shapiro December 5, 2014]