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Conor Oberst accepts apology of rape accuser

Bright Eyes frontman says he is looking forward to 'happier times'

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Conor Oberst has publicly accepted the apology of a woman who accused the Bright Eyes frontman of rape allegations.

The singer issued a statement, reports Pitchfork, saying: "I have accepted Joanie Faircloth’s apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love.

"I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives."

It comes after Faircloth recently admitted that she fabricated a story calling it "100% false" and claiming she made the allegations for attention.

Earlier this year Oberst filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of raping her when she was 16. The woman made the claim in the comments section of a lifestyle website 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 Oberst.

She has since contacted Oberst's lawyer and released a statement, which read: "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son's illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologise to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I'm truly sorry for all the pain that I caused."

Oberst will play London KOKO on July 18 and Glasgow ABC on July 21. Support comes from Dawes. The Bright Eyes singer will also play Latitude Festival on July 19.

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