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Rolling Stone’s Wenner Rolls In Top Counsel Over Rolled Rape Story

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner continues to fight against fallout from the University of Virginia rape-retraction story.

The “Rape on a Campus” story that appeared in Rolling Stone in November has lead to at least one lawsuit but there may be others.

Wenner has hired high profile first amendment lawyer Elizabeth McNamara of Davis Wright Tremain, a lawyer who has a media roll call of clients including Associated Press, Bauer Publishing, Cablevision, CBS, CNN, Conde Nast, Financial Times, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, MTV Networks, NBC, Random House, Sesame Workshop, Showtime, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc. – anyone else?

The Rolling Stone story used  a single source, the victim of the alleged rape, identified only as “Jackie.” An investigation by local Virginia police found no evidence to corroborate the rape.

A separate investigation by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism found Wenner’s Rolling Stone undertook very little effort to corroborate the claim.

In past stints with Wenner back in 2005, McNamara convinced a judge to toss a lawsuit filed against Wenner Media’s Us Weekly by Britney Spears over a story suggesting she and her then-husband, Kevin Federline, had made a secret sex tape and were worried that it would be made public.

In the 1990s, McNamara also successfully defended Rolling Stone over a story written for the magazine by the fabulist Stephen Glass.

Source: NY Post / LawFuel
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