Conservative Writer Publishes Unconfirmed Identity Of Alleged UVA Victim

Conservative firebrand Charles C. Johnson on Sunday night published an unconfirmed photo and full name of Jackie, the subject of a disputed Rolling Stone article on the University of Virginia’s response to sexual assault on campus.

Johnson threatened on Twitter that he’d reveal “everything” about Jackie’s past if she didn’t “tell the truth” by Sunday night. It’s unclear what information Johnson is referring to.

Johnson published the unconfirmed name and photo on his fledgling news site GotNews.com along with another item that combs through what he says are Jackie’s social media accounts.

Another anonymous account published further details about the alleged victim, including an address and phone number. That tweet was later deleted. TPM is not linking to the post or republishing Jackie’s unconfirmed identity.

Twitter users widely condemned Johnson for publishing the victim’s unconfirmed name while UVA is still investigating the alleged rape and urged Twitter to suspend his account, as the social media platform has already done at least twice for violations of its terms of service.

Rolling Stone’s story, which described Jackie’s alleged gang rape at UVA’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 2012, unraveled last week as other media outlets discovered that the details of the alleged assault didn’t quite check out. The magazine apologized to readers Friday and said it “misplaced” its trust in Jackie, although that language was later removed.

Managing Editor Will Dana clarified his statement on Friday afternoon, saying the failure was on Rolling Stone, not Jackie.

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