Rolling Stone says it has found discrepancies in a story it published about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, details the gang rape of a UVA student referred to as “Jackie” at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The magazine now considers their trust in her story ‘misplaced’. Will Dana, Rolling Stone‘s managing editor, on the magazine’s website:
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. 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. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.