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December 16th, 2014
09:36 PM ET

Friends of alleged UVA rape victim dispute details of her story

(CNN) - On a fall night two years ago, Jackie, the alleged victim of a brutal gang rape, recounted her story in vivid detail to two friends. She recalled the assault for Ryan Duffin and Alex Stock on picnic tables at the quaint University of Virginia campus.

"Her lips were quivering and (she) looked like somebody who had just been through some really traumatic experience," said Duffin, who met Jackie through a mutual friend at orientation. "I've never seen anyone look like that before. I really hope I never have to see anyone look like that again."

They sat outside a freshman dorm as she told of the shocking sexual assault, according to the friends. This was long before her account of the attack appeared in a now infamous Rolling Stone article published on November 19.

That harrowing account described how Jackie was lured to a fraternity house and allegedly raped by seven men at a Phi Kappa Psi party. The article sparked international outrage and portrayed the University of Virginia's response as cold and even tolerant of such horrific behavior.

Several weeks later, the magazine published an apology that raised questions about the authenticity of the story.

Duffin and Stock told CNN they remember a starkly different account than what appeared in Rolling Stone. Their version cast doubt over whether the man who allegedly orchestrated the attack even existed.

"I mean there are definitely some major holes in the story," said Stock, who also met Jackie through a mutual friend at summer orientation. "I think that that was pretty clear in the Rolling Stone piece... It was almost too perfect of a story."

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Filed under: Education • News • UVA rape scandal
December 16th, 2014
09:22 PM ET

Police kill man at Walmart, then interrogate girlfriend

The family of twenty-two year old John Crawford III is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Walmart and police. Crawford was holding an air rifle he had picked up off a store shelf when police, who thought it was an active shooting situation, entered the store and shot him. The police officer was not indicted by a grand jury.

Adding to the family's outrage: new video shows police interrogating Crawford's girlfriend just after he was shot, accusing her of lying and threatening her with jail time.

CNN's Erin Burnett has more.


Filed under: Justice • News • Walmart Shooting
December 16th, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Cosby's daughter defends dad: "He is the father you thought you knew"

Bill Cosby will not face charges after a woman claimed the comedian molested her when she was 15-years-old at the Playboy Mansion. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old case does not fall within the statute of limitations. This new development comes just as Bill Cosby's daughter released a statement supporting her father.

CNN's Jean Casarez is OutFront with more on what Evin Cosby is now saying.


Filed under: Bill Cosby • News
December 16th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Prince George's shoes flying off shelves

He can't talk, he can barely walk, and already he's a trendsetter. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on what sold royally after Prince George wore them.


Filed under: International • Jeanne Moos • News • Royal Baby
December 16th, 2014
01:14 AM ET

New York City on alert after Sydney attack

Three people are dead after a gunman entered a Sydney, Australia chocolate shop taking the 17 people hostage. The siege lasted 16 hours, ending when police stormed the building after hearing gunfire. The victims: two of the hostages, a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman. The gunman was also killed.

It's the latest in a string of lone wolf terror attacks in major world cities this year. Officials now fear it could happen in the U.S.

Deborah Feyerick is OutFront from New York City.


Filed under: International • News • Sydney siege