Criminal Justice

Police suspend investigation into rape claim described in Rolling Stone; magazine plans follow-up

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Unable to find evidence that an alleged gang rape of a University of Virginia student reported by Rolling Stone magazine had occurred, Charlottesville police announced Monday that they are suspending, but not closing, their investigation.

The student, identified only as “Jackie,” declined to cooperate with the investigation and a lawyer representing her had no comment, the Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) reports. The Associated Press also has a story.

“That doesn’t mean that something terrible did not happen to Jackie. … I can’t prove that something didn’t happen,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo at a Monday news conference. He told reporters that the investigation was suspended, not closed, but that they were “not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident consistent with the facts in that article” had occurred.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone announced that it expects to publish a new article detailing the results of an investigation on its reporting of the story, led by the Dean of Columbia University’s journalism school, reports the New York Times (reg. req.)

Related coverage: “Rolling Stone backs away from UVa gang-rape story that resulted in fraternity sanctions”

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