Emails: UVa. sought to kill alumni magazine story

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — While Rolling Stone pursued its now-discredited story about sexual assault at the University of Virginia, emails show the school’s administration sought to kill a proposed alumni magazine article about how the school handles sex assaults on campus.

The Washington Post reports ( ) an email chain entered into evidence this week in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone shows administrators expressed concerns about the alumni magazine article, which never ran. Administrator Nicole Eramo is suing Rolling Stone for $7.5 million, saying she was cast as its story’s “chief villain.”

Susan Davis, then associate vice president for student affairs, wrote the article needed to be “substantially revised.” She later favored killing it.

Alumni association president and magazine publisher Tom Faulders says administrators’ concerns significantly influenced the decision to spike the article.

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