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Jury chosen in defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine

Jury chosen in defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine
The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia was depicted in a Rolling Stone story as the site of a rape in September 2012. The story was later debunked. (Steve Helber / Associated Press)

A jury has been seated in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone over its now discredited story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia.

The jury of eight women and two men was seated Monday. Only seven, to be specified later, will deliberate; three will be alternates.

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Opening arguments begin Tuesday.

UVa administrator Nicole Eramo wants $7.85 million from the magazine for its portrayal of her in the 2014 story. She claims it portrayed her as the "chief villain."

It told the harrowing account of a woman identified only as Jackie, who claimed she was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity initiation. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims and details in the narrative didn't hold up under scrutiny by other media.

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UPDATES:

2:55 p.m.: This article has been updated with the jury being selected.

This article was originally published at 2:25 p.m.

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