UVA ‘Jackie’ Story: Police Say They Can’t Confirm Gang Rape Described in Rolling Stone Story

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(NBC News) Police said Monday that they could not substantiate the claim of a gang rape at a fraternity house made by a University of Virginia student in an explosive Rolling Stone story last fall.

“We have no basis to conclude that anything happened at that fraternity house,” Chief Timothy Longo of the Charlottesville police told reporters.

He stressed that the conclusion did not mean that “something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie,” only that they could not gather “sufficient facts” to confirm it. He characterized the investigation as suspended, not closed.

He said police found no evidence that a party took place at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the night of the alleged gang rape.

Jackie claimed that she had been raped by seven men at the fraternity house. The university suspended all fraternity activities for two months.

But several major elements of Jackie’s story were discredited, and the magazine said that it had never contacted the man who was alleged to have orchestrated the sexual assault.

Rolling Stone apologized to its readers, and the Columbia University graduate school of journalism is conducting a review on behalf of the magazine.

The Charlottesville campus has been roiled this academic year — not just by the magazine story but by the killing of a sophomore and the bloody arrest of a student outside a bar last week.

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