Retracted Rolling Stone gang rape story blemishes journalist's accomplished career

Associated Press

The retracted Rolling Stone article about an apparently fictional gang rape at the University of Virginia is a blemish on the otherwise illustrious career of freelance writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

She's made a living out of provocative articles. But none has been as contentious as a November piece that turned a national conversation about campus sexual assault into a much louder debate.

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Other journalists quickly found inconsistencies her story, "A Rape on Campus." On Sunday, Rolling Stone published a review it asked the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism to undertake.

The report was scathing. It came after a finding last month by Charlottesville, Virginia, police that there wasn't evidence to support the claims of a woman in the story that she'd been raped by seven men at a fraternity house.