It's official: Jackie, the woman whose tall tale of a gang-rape captivated readers of Rolling Stone in late 2014, will have to turn over her communications as part of a lawsuit.
However, the communications will be labeled confidential, so we won't be able to read them unless they are leaked.
The lawsuit was filed by Dean Nicole Eramo, who was portrayed in the Rolling Stone article as a callous administrator who cared more about the University of Virginia's image than the safety and well-being of sexual assault victims. As part of her lawsuit, Eramo's lawyers had requested communications between the dean and Jackie relating to the student's alleged sexual assault.
Eramo had also requested communications between Jackie and the Rolling Stone author who wrote the story, which was quickly discredited and retracted, and communications with other U.Va officials relating to her sexual assault claims. All of these requests were granted, although only communications made prior to Dec. 5, 2014 between Jackie and anyone relating to the article would be collected. And even then, those records cannot contain details of the alleged assault.
The judge also ordered her to turn over communications between the fictional "Haven Monahan" (whom Jackie claimed lured her to the fraternity party where she was gang-raped) and Ryan Duffin (the man Jackie had a crush on). It appears as though Jackie made up the gang-rape story in order to get Duffin's attention, based on evidence presented in Eramo's lawsuit. Jackie will also have to turn over any communications with anyone who mentions Monahan.
Jackie will not have to turn over "Internet, message board, email and social media postings" about her alleged victimhood and assault.
Eramo's attorney lauded the judge's decision.
"Jackie was the primary source for Rolling Stone's false and defamatory article," Eramo's attorney, Andy Phillips, told The Daily Progress. "It appears that Jackie fabricated the account of the sexual assault portrayed in Rolling Stone and that Rolling Stone knew she was an unreliable source. We look forward to moving forward with discovery and taking this case to trial."
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.