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Judge Rejects Rolling Stone's Bid to Kill Frat's Lawsuit Over Discredited Rape Story

The ruling keeps alive a fraternity's defamation suit after it was named in a discredited magazine story about a rape at the University of Virginia.
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Students play football on the Madison Bowl field of the University of Virginia campus next to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Jan. 16, 2015.Bloomberg / Bloomberg via Getty Images

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia judge has denied Rolling Stone magazine's attempt to throw out a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity that was the focus on its now debunked article about a gang rape.

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia filed a defamation lawsuit against the magazine last year over the now discredited article "A Rape on Campus." The story described in chilling detail a student's account of being raped by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in September 2012.

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Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard E. Moore said in his decision released Thursday that the statements made about the fraternity in the story could reasonably be considered defamatory.

An attorney for Rolling Stone didn't immediately return a message left at her office Thursday.