Skip to comments.Bad memory: Jackie testifies on Day 7 of Rolling Stone trial
Posted on 10/26/2016 7:43:44 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
If yes, to my great regret has become the stock answer for remorseful Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, then her protagonist in the now-discredited gang rape talethe one who sent a college into chaos two years agohas found a mantra of her own: I dont remember.
Before a hushed courtroom in downtown Charlottesville, a federal jury and a gallery of 24 spectators gathered Monday to hear over two hours of Jackie bobbing and weaving around questions in her videotaped deposition.
This wasnt the chatty Jackie of yore, the one who enthralled the visiting Erdely over dinner at the College Inn restaurant. Or even the the deeply scarred Jackie who dove into radio silence a month before Rolling Stones once-blockbuster article.
This was the Jackie whose memory couldnt even be refreshed by looking at text messages and emails from two years ago, such as a text in which she claims that she was misrepresented.
It says that I did, she allows.
In the original article, the reporter accused UVA President Teresa Sullivan of over-invoking I dont know as an answer, but in the nearly three hours of audio-taped deposition, Jackie said some version of this answer at least 50 timesbefore we lost count.
Some of the things Jackie cant recall: why she stopped responding to Erdely, whether she backed out of the article, whether she later agreed to be in it, whether she claimed to get a sexually-transmitted disease from her alleged attack, and how Erdelyas Jackie claimed in a note to a friendtook artistic license and sensationalized her story.
I cant remember anything specific, says Jackie. I just remember reading the article and thinking I wouldnt have written it that way.
The lawyer presses for more. Its very difficult to explain, to articulate, says Jackie.
As the one of the defense lawyers warned in the opening statement a week ago, Jackiethough she reveals in the deposition that shes now married to her childhood sweetheartshes a completely different personlike a shell.
On the tape, she sniffs like Donald Trump at a debate. Her lawyer, Palma Pustilnik, who has threatened legal action against a reporter contacting her client, issued a blanket statement: My client continues to have no comment in this matter.
Surely, she would remember meeting with UVA Police over the criminal report she filed after allegedly getting beaned with a beer bottle on the UVA Corner?
I dont remember, she says. I have PTSD.
She declares that she didnt want to file criminal charges.
The climax of the proceedings comes when shes presented a set of screenshots of text messages shed emailed Erdely. Ostensibly from two friends and fellow rape survivors, the women were adamant about not being interviewed, and the lawyer asked if Jackie clandestinely created the text messages.
The reply: I cant remember.
You cant remember one way or another? gasped the bewildered barrister, who then asked if she wished, under penalty of perjury, to deny making the messages.
I just dont remember any of this, replied Jackie. Its foggy.
The day ended with a blistering examination of Elisabeth Garber-Paul, the Rolling Stone fact-checker.
Yeah, the threat of perjury charges will have that affect. Maybe it should be a crime to lie to a reporter too.
doesn’t anyone at Rolling Stone just have a first name and last name?
On the tape, she sniffs like Donald Trump at a debate.
That doesn’t exist in extreme liberal circles. 2 last names are mandatory.
Yes, she becomes a shell while talking to the legal system not so much to the press. I read she never filed a police report because she would then be filing a false one.
I notice she didn’t use ‘I can’t recall’ and avoided infringing on Hillary’s trademarked response to avoiding perjury charges...
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