The trial is scheduled to begin Monday at the federal court in Charlottesville.
The November 2014 story told the harrowing story of a woman identified only as "Jackie," who claimed she was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity initiation. An investigation by Charlottesville police found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims and details in the lengthy narrative did not hold up under scrutiny by other media organizations.
UVa administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.85 million from the magazine. She claims the article portrayed her as indifferent to Jackie's plight and only interested in protecting the university's reputation.
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