‘Jackie’ testifies: Rolling Stone story was ‘what I believed to be true at the time’

The woman whose harrowing account of being gang-raped at the University of Virginia was the centerpiece of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article testified in a deposition heard by the public for the first time on Monday that the story was what she believed “to be true at the time”.

A video deposition of the woman identified in the article only as “Jackie” was played for jurors Monday in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine for the 2014 article A Rape on Campus by Sabrina Rubin Erdely. University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.5m from the magazine, claiming she was cast as the story’s “chief villain”. A police investigation later found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.