An official at the University of Virginia lodged a $7.5 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Tuesday, accusing the magazine of defaming her in a discredited story about rape on campus.

Nicole Eramo alleges that Rolling Stone acted recklessly and willfully disregarded facts by suggesting that — as associate dean of students — she had discouraged the reporting of a gang rape to police for fear it might tarnish the elite university’s image.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who wrote the story, and Wenner Media, the publishing company that owns Rolling Stone, Eramo’s lawyers said.

“To personify the university’s alleged institutional indifference to rape, Erdely and Rolling Stone cast dean Eramo, who met with and counseled Jackie, as the chief villain of the story,” the lawsuit says.

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