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Rolling Stone magazine revises apology on UVA rape story

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(CNN) — Rolling Stone magazine has revised its apology to readers about an article in which a woman described a gang rape in a University of Virginia campus fraternity house.

The first apology was posted Friday on the magazine website. The updated apology says the magazine made a mistake in honoring a request from the woman, called Jackie in the article, not to interview any of the men she said raped her.

“We should have not made this agreement with Jackie, and we should have worked harder to convince her that the truth would have been better served by getting the other side of the story,” said the apology, written by managing editor Will Dana. “These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie.”

Another change is that the apology no longer says Rolling Stone came to “the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”

The updated apology mentions discrepancies in Jackie’s account that have already been reported by The Washington Post and other news outlets.

For instance, Phi Kappa Psi did not have a party the night Jackie said the rape occurred and the man she identified as her date that night was not a member of that fraternity, the apology says.

The apology says, “A friend of Jackie’s (who we were told would not speak to Rolling Stone) told the Washington Post that he found Jackie that night a mile from the school’s fraternities. She did not appear to be ‘physically injured at the time’ but was shaken.

“She told him that that she had been forced to have oral sex with a group of men at a fraternity party, but he does not remember her identifying a specific house. Other friends of Jackie’s told the Washington Post that they now have doubts about her narrative, but Jackie told the Washington Post that she firmly stands by the account she gave to [reporter Sabrina Rubin] Erdely.”

The article, titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Search for Justice at UVA,” chronicled the school’s failure to respond to that alleged assault. It prompted an emergency meeting by the school’s governing board and the announcement of a zero-tolerance approach toward sexual assault cases.

The school suspended fraternity social events until the spring semester.

According to the magazine, Jackie, who at the time had just started her freshman year at the Charlottesville school, claimed she was raped by seven men at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, while two more gave encouragement, during a party.

However, the University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi chapter did not have a party the night of September 28, 2012, the date when the alleged attack occurred, or at all that weekend, the chapter said in a statement Friday. The chapter’s lawyer, Ben Warthen, told CNN email and fraternity records are proof.