Sabrina Rubin Erdely

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On November 19, 2014, Sabrina Erdely published a Rolling Stone story alleging that members of the University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brutally gang-raped Jacqueline Coakley. Upon investigation, this story turned out to be flagrantly untrue. In the meantime, members of Phi Kappa Psi "went into hiding for weeks after their home was vandalized with spray paint calling them rapists and bricks that broke their windows."

Rolling Stone eventually was forced to retract the story and Erdely apologized.

On July 29, 2015, three individual members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity who had been named and shamed online after the publication of the story, filed a defamation suit against the magazine in New York City, stating that the published story, while not explicitly naming them, provided enough details for people to identify them.

The University of Virginia and Phi Kappa Psi have also filed lawsuits against Erdely and Rolling Stone.