Libel and privacy in brief

Student paper faces $800,000 defamationlawsuitVIRGINIA — A student newspaper is beingsued for $800,000 on allegations that the paper published defamatory statementslast year about a rape victim. The complaint was filed April 11 in astate trial court against five current and former staff members at The Remnant,a student newspaper at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Thewoman suing the newspaper was a victim of rape while visiting the College ofWilliam and Mary, according to the complaint.During the months of Apriland May 2005, The Remnant published statements about the woman ”knowingthat the statements were false” and made ”with recklessdisregard,” the complaint said.The woman reported she was raped ata campus party in 2003 when she was 16 years old, according to an article in theDaily Press, a local newspaper. The complaint alleges that, two yearslater, the paper published a statement indicating the woman was a ”wannabevictim,” a ”con artist” and that she was a liar.Despite arrest, defamation charges neverfiledWISCONSIN