Judge dismisses part of Rolling Stone defamation suit

FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo shows students participate in rush pass by the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. The house was depicted in a debunked Rolling Stone story as the site of a rape in September of 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo shows students participate in rush pass by the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. The house was depicted in a debunked Rolling Stone story as the site of a rape in September of 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed part of a University of Virginia administrator’s $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine.

The Daily Progress reports that Judge Glen Conrad dismissed Nicole Eramo’s claim that the overall implication of the 2014 article “A Rape on Campus” defamed her.

Related: Rolling Stone heading to trial over debunked story of rape

The article written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely told the harrowing account of a woman identified only as “Jackie,” who claimed she was gang-raped as part of a university initiation. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.

Rolling Stone said in a statement that it is pleased that the judge “recognizes the limits” of Eramo’s lawsuit.

The magazine rested its defense Monday. Closing arguments in the case expected to be held Tuesday before jurors begin deliberating.

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