CHARLOTTESVILLE — After 14 hours of deliberations, the 10-person jury in the $7.5 million defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine has yet to return a verdict.
Just as they did on Wednesday, jurors elected to go home just before 5 p.m. Thursday, saying that they will return at 8 a.m. Friday to pick up where they left off.
For 15 days, the jury has sat in Charlottesville’s federal courthouse hearing the case brought by University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo against Rolling Stone, its publisher and Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Eramo claims she was defamed by Erdely’s now-retracted November 2014 article “A Rape on Campus.”
The article’s centerpiece story of a brutal gang rape at a UVa fraternity house was debunked soon after publishing, leading to its retraction and multiple lawsuits.
If the jury finds in Eramo’s favor, the trial will then enter a “damages phase,” in which the jury will hear further evidence and decide on the monetary reparations Eramo is due.