The Associate Dean pilloried in the (now infamously false) Rolling Stone article is suing the magazine, the reporter and is requiring that "Jackie" testify at the trial.
"Jackie"'s lawyers have argued that it would traumatize her by making her re-live the "ordeal" (that she fabricated in the first place). The judge in the case, Chief Judge Glen Conrad, is having none of it.
In a statement Tuesday, Ms. Eramo’s lawyer, Libby Locke, said that Rolling Stone “was dead set on portraying Dean Eramo (the plaintiff - ed) as a callous administrator who discouraged Jackie from reporting an assault to police, when, in fact, Dean Eramo took Jackie to the police, and it appears that Jackie knew that her tale of rape would not have stood up under real scrutiny and investigation.”
“Had Rolling Stone done the fact-checking and digging that they were legally and ethically required to do as journalists, Dean Eramo would not have been so wrongfully targeted,” Ms. Locke said.
Could this be a glimmer of hope for accountability? If nothing else, it cautions the press against simply taking the accuser at their word.