[guest post by Dana]
Remember that Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia? Looks like it was just that, a story:
Charlottesville police announced Monday that they could find no evidence that a rape happened at a University of Virginia fraternity as described in a Rolling Stone article, and said they were suspending their investigation.
However, Chief of Police Timothy J. Longo wouldn’t close the door to the possibility that something still may have happened to Jackie:
“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,” Longo said at a news conference. “That doesn’t mean something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie … we’re just not able to gather sufficient facts to determine what that is.”
With that, Rolling Stone plans to release an outside review of the story within the next several weeks.
Writer of the original story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely has publicly remained silent on the controversy, with her last tweet posted November 30.
U-Va President Teresa Sullivan has not commented on news of the investigation being closed. She is, however, currently under scrutiny as the U-Va executive board decides whether or not to renew her contract which expires in June. It is being reported that the alleged gang rape story (which occurred during her tenure) and Sullivan’s response to it will be part of the review.