CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WRIC) — Police in Charlottesville released the findings of an investigation prompted by a Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. They say there’s no evidence to support the account alleged victim “Jackie” told Rolling Stone Magazine.
The police department presented their findings in a 2 p.m. press conference Monday in Charlottesville.
Police interviewed majority of the residents at the Phi Kappa Psi frat house and none of them knew “Jackie” or were aware of a sexual assault that occurred there.
“Jackie’s” two best friends were also interviewed and they told police some information they were not aware of.
Among the most prominent findings, Charlottesville Police Department Chief Timothy Longo said that while there’s no evidence to support Jackie’s allegations, it doesn’t mean that “something didn’t happen.”
Additionally, police revealed that the investigation would remain open.
Last month, Charlottesville Police told UVA that the investigation had not found evidence that a gang rape happened at the fraternity house in question. Police did say it was possible the victim was raped, somewhere else on a different day, though.
The Rolling Stone article was published in November and described in graphic detail an alleged gang rape at at the Phi Kappa Psi frat house in 2012. Its publication set off a frenzy of recriminations at the school, one of the top public universities in the country. U.Va. suspended fraternity activities until January, the Board of Visitors appointed an independent investigator to look into the allegations and the university handed the case over to the Charlottesville Police.
Much of the article was later discredited after publication and the magazine issued an apology.