Conor Oberst discusses ‘very surreal’ rape accusation

The Bright Eyes singer said he wanted to put the claim 'in perspective'

Conor Oberst has discussed the “very surreal” rape accusation leveled at him last year.

In 2014 Joanie Faircloth admitted that she fabricated the story, calling it “100% false” and claiming she made the allegations for attention. Oberst recently appeared on Marc Maron’s popular WTF podcast and addressed the incident, calling it “very surreal” and “very painful”.

Speaking to Maron – via Pitchfork – he commented: “I want to put it in perspective because I think about all the many African-American men who are in prisons right now for crimes they didn’t commit, and for actual victims of sexual assault that it has done the greatest disservice to. They say one out of four women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. That’s staggering and fucking horrible.” Listen to the interview here.


Oberst accepted Faircloth’s apology for making the allegation last year and dropped his libel case against her. It had been reported that Oberst was pursuing Faircloth for £410,000 ($700,000) in income he claimed to have lost since the false reports over his conduct were made.

Faircloth made her original 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.

Oberst released his latest album, ‘Upside Down Mountain’, last year.