February 20, 2014 12:14

Conor Oberst files defamation lawsuit over rape allegations

The Bright Eyes frontman is suing the woman who made the claim for $1 million

Conor Oberst files defamation lawsuit over rape allegations
Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst has filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of raping her when she was 16.

The woman made the claim in comments section of a website earlier this year, writing: "I was raped by a 'rock star' myself. I was 16 years old, he was in his 20s. No one believed me (he wasn’t even that famous then)." She later claimed that the "rock star" referred to was Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst.

TMZ now reports that Oberst has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the woman, named as Joanie Faircloth, stating that Faircloth has damaged his reputation and is "just an embittered superfan, who gushed about him and Bright Eyes as recently as January 2013."

At the start of the year Obert's publicist publicly responded to the claims, writing: "Usually we wouldn't feel the urge to comment on spurious blog chatter but the recent allegations made about Conor Oberst by an anonymous commenter on the xoJane website are flagrant enough to demand our response. This individual's accusations are absolutely, unequivocally false.

"Unfortunately, the internet allows for groundless statements like this to travel the world before the truth has any time to surface. This is a particularly serious and sickening allegation and there is no truth to it. Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of crimes of sexual violence. The behavior attributed to him by this individual is in direct opposition to his principles. Conor is consulting with a libel attorney regarding this matter."

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