Judge Napolitano: Rolling Stone Guilty Of ‘Outrageous Negligence’ [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Judge Andrew Napolitano predicted that there would be a massive settlement in favor of the University of Virginia frat falsely accused by Rolling Stone of gang-raping a female student, saying the magazine was guilty of “outrageous negligence.”

“The boys whom they accused of rape may actually end up owning the Rolling Stone, to play on the use of the word ‘own,'” Napolitano said Tuesday, “because their allegations are what’s called libel per se. When you accuse someone of a crime, a serious crime, and they did not commit the crime, then you are presumed to have libeled them.” (RELATED: Judge Napolitano: Someone In The White House Committed A Felony [VIDEO])

Napolitano did clarify later that he was “sort of kidding” when he said the Phi Alpha Psi boys might own Rolling Stone, since the magazine is almost certainly insured against libel. However, “they are going to end up with a lot of money in their bank accounts.” (RELATED: That Other Time Rolling Stone Was Conned)

He saw the case as a slam dunk. “The magazine is walking back. That will help them a little bit in court, but quite frankly it’s too little and too late. If you’re going to accuse someone of one of the most horrific crimes imaginable — a gang rape — and you’re not going to ask them if they did it and you’re not going to look for evidence about whether or not it happened … outrageous negligence!”

“You’re just going to talk to the person who claims it happened and you’re not even going to verify the credibility of this person who claimed it? You’re really not being a journalist. You’re just being some sort of a reckless advocate.”