Sabrina Rubin Erdely will officially apologize Sunday for her role in spreading the Rolling Stone article about the gang rape of “Jackie” at the University of Virginia.
Erdely is the freelance reporter behind the now-discredited Rolling Stone story describing the gang rape of the freshman girl by a UVA fraternity. (RELATED: UVA Frat ‘Exploring Legal Options’ Against Rolling Stone Over False Rape Story)
She was initially lauded by the press, earning interviews with Slate, the Washington Post and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” But as other reporters investigated and definitively disproved parts of “Jackie’s” story, Rolling Stone apologized for running the story and Erdely disappeared from the public eye.
But now, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Erdely plans to make a public apology nearly four months after Rolling Stone’s apology. Her apology appears to be timed to coincide with the release of a Columbia School of Journalism report on Rolling Stone’s journalistic failings. (VIDEO: Rolling Stone UVA Reporter: I Shop Around For Victims)
“Once the story began to unravel… Erdely disappeared. She has been invisible ever since,” Stetler said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “But my sources say that she will break her silence tonight, and she will be issuing a statement and will be formally apologizing for her errors.” (RELATED: Where In The World Is Disgraced Rolling Stone Reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely?)