A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus that included a debunked account of a fraternity gang rape.
The 10 member jury concluded that the Rolling Stone reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was responsible for defamation, with actual malice, in the case brought by Nicole Eramo, a U-Va. administrator who oversaw sexual violence cases at the time of the article’s publication. The jury also found the magazine and its publisher responsible for defaming Eramo.
The $7.5 million lawsuit centered on Erdely’s 9,000-word article titled “A Rape on Campus.” The article appeared online in late Nov. 2014 and on newsstands in the magazine’s December 2014 issue.
…County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday that Manny Marques was arrested in Newark following the alleged incident over the weekend.The victim was 4 years old, News12 reports.He faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities say the charges aren’t related to his work as a Newark police officer…Source: Newark, NJ officer arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 4-year-old
… Michael P. Knight of Newark has surrendered to police and been charged in a brutal attack of a college student has surrendered. Knight turned himself in on Friday night to face charges in the attack on Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus this month. Authorities say he struck the woman on the head, severely beat her and was attempting to sexually assault her when a group intervened around 3:30 a.m. on May 4. Knight was described as being 6-feet, 2-inches, with shoulder-length dreadlocks and several tattoos. including a large “D” on his neck.
The incident was reported to have occurred in the area of Van Dyke Hall on the College Avenue campus in New Brunswick, according to police . Knight followed the woman as she walked on the College Avenue campus on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 a.m. He attacked her in the area of Van Dyke Hall, near College Avenue and Seminary Place … He struck her in the face, severely beat her, dragged her to the side of a building and was attempting to sexually assault her when a group of individuals intervened, prosecutors said. She had screamed out for help when she was first attacked, which alerted nearby witnesses. Knight fled on foot when the group intervened, running off towards Seminary Place. But as he ran, he said he had a gun and threatened to shoot one of the men who attempted to chase him.
He has been charged with aggravated assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and other charges. Knight was being held on $1 million bail and it wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer to comment on the charges. The woman was treated and released from a hospital. Adapted from source: Michael Knight, 37, Charged In Brutal Rutgers Attack Surrenders
The NYPD has identified the man accused of raping a 26-year-old woman who was jogging on a foot path inside East River Park Wednesday evening. Thanks to numerous Crime Stoppers tips, the suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Paul Niles who is described as being 5’9″ and weighing 200 pounds… Niles was last arrested for masturbating in front of a school.
The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The victim reached the band shell area of the park when the suspect attacked her and then raped her before fleeing on bike.. Police say he then took her cellphone and credit card, which he used at a nearby deli…