RICHMOND, Va. — For the first time since Rolling Stone magazine’s shocking story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia hit shelves two years ago, the public may hear from the young woman at the center of the now discredited article “A Rape on Campus.”

A defamation trial against the magazine is set to begin Monday over the November 2014 article about the woman identified only as “Jackie” and her harrowing account about being gang raped in a fraternity initiation. University administrator Nicole Eramo, who counseled Jackie and claims the story cast her as its “chief villain,” is seeking $7.85 million.

Jackie was forced to answer questions about the case in April, but her comments have been kept under wraps. Now, Eramo’s attorneys have said they intend to call Jackie as a witness at trial, although it’s possible the jury will watch a video of her deposition instead of hearing from her in person. An attorney for Jackie declined to comment.

Eramo’s attorneys claim the article portrayed her as indifferent to Jackie’s plight.


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