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Rolling Stone heading to trial over debunked story of rape

The Rolling Stone magazine (2nd row) are displayed on the shelves for sale in Singapore on September 26, 2016. A Singapore firm linked to one of Asia's richest families has bought a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone to expand the iconic US magazine's business in new markets, the two companies said. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ For the first time since Rolling Stone magazine’s shocking story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia hit shelves two years ago, the public may hear from the young woman at the center of the now discredited article.

A defamation trial against the magazine is set to begin Monday over its article about “Jackie” and her harrowing account about being gang raped in a fraternity initiation.

University administrator Nicole Eramo claims the story cast her as its “chief villain” and is seeking $7.85 million.

Jackie was forced to answer questions about the case in April, but her comments have been kept under wraps.

Eramo’s attorneys say they intend to call Jackie as a witness at trial, although it’s possible the jury will watch a video of her deposition instead of hearing from her in person.

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