Conor Oberst rape accuser officially recants allegations and apologises

Joanie Faircloth has called her claims of sexual assault "100% false"

The woman who accused Conor Oberst of rape has officially recanted her allegations and apologised.

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 Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst.

The woman, Joanie Faircloth, has now said that she fabricated the story, calling it “100% false” and claiming she made the allegations for attention, reports Jezebel. She contacted Oberst’s lawyer and released a statement, which reads:


“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 apologize 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.”

Conor Oberst had filed a $1 million lawsuit against the woman, stating that she damaged his reputation. At the start of the year Oberst’s publicist responded to the claims, calling them “absolutely, unequivocally false.”

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. The dates follow the release of Conor Oberst‘s new solo album, ‘Upside Down Mountain’, which came out in May.


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