A long-awaited report from the Charlottesville Police Department confirms what many felt about Rolling Stone's blockbuster story on a sexual assault at the University of Virginia: It was almost completely unbelievable.
“We’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house or any other fraternity house, for that matter,” Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a press conference Monday.
Police found no evidence that there was a party at the house on the night that Jackie, a UVA student featured under a pseudonym in the story, said she was sexually assaulted. They found no evidence of an assault at a different house that night. They weren't able to find the man, identified as "Drew" in the Rolling Stone story and "Haven Monahan" elsewhere, or even able to prove that he exists. No one at the fraternity knew of him, and no one at the aquatic center where he supposedly worked with Jackie did either. In short, the entire account of the assault in the story appears to be false.
While the police report provides near-certainty on the journalism, it leaves plenty of questions unanswered elsewhere. Longo said the case is suspended, not closed—while there's not any evidence for police to move forward, they still want to answer some of those questions. “That doesn’t mean something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie," Longo said. "We’re just not able to gather sufficient facts to determine what that is.”