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March 23, 2015

Police to release results of probe into alleged UVA rape reported by Rolling Stone

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Police who investigated a now-discredited magazine story of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity will release results of their probe on Monday, Charlottesville city officials said.

The Charlottesville Police Department will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT to give their findings into the assault reported by Rolling Stone magazine in November, the Charlottesville City Hall said on its website.

The article described an alleged 2012 attack on a woman at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house pledge party and the university's failure to respond to it.

The article provoked uproar at the school, the flagship of the state university system, and renewed concerns about campus sexual assault. The university shut down fraternity and sorority activities for the rest of the semester and instituted more safety measures.

Rolling Stone backtracked on its story in December, saying there were "discrepancies" in the accuser's account. It commissioned an audit of the report by the Columbia University School of Journalism.

The university said in January that an investigation by Charlottesville police had "not revealed any substantive basis" for the November story.