Rolling Stone will retract its bombshell story on an alleged gang rape that occurred at the University of Virginia, CNN's Brian Stelter reported on Sunday.
The magazine and the story's reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, have been under intense scrutiny since several other outlets found evidence suggesting that a female UVa student may not have been assaulted in the manner she recounted. Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism is expected to release an investigation on the magazine's handling of the story on Sunday at 8 pm EST.
According to Stelter, Rubin-Erdely will also issue a formal apology.
'A Rape on Campus,' published in November, was initially lauded for exposing a horrible crime, as well as a culture of apathy and misogyny that allowed the alleged assailants to get away with it. However, the report was called into question after several of the victim's friend's came forward to say that the night of her alleged assault didn't unfold as the Rolling Stones report said it did. A Washington Post report also cast doubt on the identity of the alleged attackers.
In December, Rolling Stone admitted that it made a mistake by not contacting any of the accused fraternity members out of respect for the victim.
"We apologize to anyone who was affected by the story and we will continue to investigate the events of that evening," Managing Editor Will Dana said.
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