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UVA Fraternity Considering Legal Options Against Rolling Stone

”These false accusations have been extremely damaging to our entire organization,“ fraternity president says

The president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia says the organization is considering legal options against Rolling Stone for the erroneous “A Rape on Campus” story.

“These false accusations have been extremely damaging to our entire organization, but we can only begin to imagine the setback this must have dealt to survivors of sexual assault,” Stephen Scipione told ABC News in a story published Monday.

He went further saying he hopes Rolling Stone’s story doesn’t permanently harm victims: “We hope that Rolling Stone’s actions do not discourage any survivors from coming forward to seek the justice they deserve.”

It’s been a busy 48 hours in the Rolling Stone/UVA saga. On Sunday, Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana said the external review of the magazine’s story will be published in a few weeks.

Monday afternoon, Charlottesville police announced they found no evidence that a rape had occurred the night of September 28th, 2012 as reported in Rolling Stone.

In response to the police findings, Rolling Stone told TheWrap:

“Rolling Stone expects the Columbia Journalism School’s report on “A Rape on Campus” imminently and we will be publishing it in the next couple of weeks. The report will provide a thorough analysis of the editorial process surrounding this piece and Rolling Stone has cooperated with Steve Coll [the school’s dean] extensively. We have no further comment at this time.”

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