The woman who claimed she was gang raped in a now-discredited story in Rolling Stone magazine said the University of Virginia dean who counselled her after she came forward about her alleged assault "did everything right," a lawyer said.
The attorney's comment came on Tuesday during the opening of a US$7.85 million ($10.88million) defamation trial against the magazine over its November 2014 story A Rape on Campus.
It was the first time that any portion of the deposition from the woman identified in the article only as "Jackie" has been publicly revealed.
University administrator Nicole Eramo claims the article cast her as the "chief villain" who sought to protect the school by discouraging Jackie from reporting her alleged assault to police. Eramo's lawyer said Jackie's remarks contradict the magazine's portrayal of the dean as indifferent. Lawyer Tom Clare read part of Jackie's deposition aloud in court.
"I personally thought that she did everything right.""I never felt like she suppressed my sexual assault," Jackie said in the deposition.
The jury will get to watch a video of Jackie's deposition, but it will not be shown to the public, according to Libby Locke, another lawyer for Eramo. Jackie's last name has not been released by the court and she will not take the stand.
Jurors will get to watch entire deposition video of 'Jackie' later this week, but it won't be shown in open court
"This case is about a journalistic failure," Clare said.
Before opening statements, the court played audio of Erdely discussing the article on a podcast shortly after it was published.
Eramo cried quietly toward the end of the clip, during which she claimed the university's administration "doesn't really treat rape as a violent crime."
Erdely, who remained emotionless throughout most of the opening statements, began crying and put her hand over her face when the court played a voicemail she left for Jackie right before she emailed her editors to tell them they needed to retract the story.
In that voicemail, Erdely urged Jackie to only go to police with her story if she feels confident that she's telling the truth.
Eramo's lawsuit is one of three filed against the magazine over the story.
A judge earlier this year threw out a case brought by three fraternity members, but a $25 million lawsuit filed by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the university is scheduled to go to trial late next year.