Police in Charlottesville, Va., say they will announce the findings of an investigation into the alleged rape of a University of Virginia student that was reported last year in a controversial Rolling Stone magazine article.
In a statement on its website, the Charlottesville Police Department said it will not answer questions prior to a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. ET today.
The development comes amid reports that Rolling Stone will publish an outside review of its reporting that resulted in the flawed story about the University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012. The review is being conducted by Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
“Steve Coll has not filed yet, but I expect the report soon and the plan is to publish in the next couple of weeks,” Will Dana, Rolling Stone managing editor, told The New York Times Sunday.
As we previously reported:
“The Rolling Stone’s story, titled A Rape on Campus, centered on allegations by a woman identified only as “Jackie.” The magazine honored her request not to contact either the man she said raped her or the others who took part. Earlier this month, Rolling Stone said its trust in “Jackie” was “misplaced.” It later changed its wording to say that it was “mistaken in honoring Jackie’s request to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”
“The admission came after other news organizations retraced its reporting and found discrepancies in Rolling Stone‘s story.”
The article prompted outrage and spurred University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan to suspend all of the school’s fraternities; those bans have since been lifted.