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After a thorough investigation with over 70 interviews, police released a statement Monday that revealed they found “no substantive basis” supporting the accusations made in a November Rolling Stone article depicting a horrific gang rape that allegedly occurred inside the Phi Kappa Psi house.
From The New York Times:
Police Chief Timothy J. Longo Sr. said at a crowded news conference here, his investigators found “no evidence” that a party even took place at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on Sept. 28, 2012, when the rape was said to have occurred. Instead, he said, there was a formal that night at the house’s sister sorority, making it highly unlikely that the fraternity would have had a party on the same night.
Despite “numerous attempts,” he said, his officers were unable to track down the man Jackie had identified as her date that night. And several interviews contradicted her version of events. The chief said he was suspending, but not closing, the investigation, and he left open the possibility that some kind of assault might have occurred, saying additional information could still come to light.
“We’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, or any other fraternity house, for that matter,” Chief Longo said. “That doesn’t mean something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012. We’re just not able to gather sufficient facts to determine what that is.”
Phi Kappa Psi has expressed that it is now exploring legal options to pursue against Rolling Stone for the extensive damage inflicted by this shoddy reporting clusterfuck, and rightfully so. Greek life was shut down, houses were vandalized, and the reputations of the fraternity, as well as UVA, as a whole, were severely damaged.
Get out your checkbook, Rolling Stone..
[via The New York Times]
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