The woman who accused Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst of raping her when she was 16 years old has admitted that she lied about the whole thing ‘to get attention’.
In December last year, Joanie Faircloth had commented on a post on feminist website xoJane, accusing the singer of sexually molesting her during one of the Bright Eyes concerts in 2003. Oberst slammed the accusation as ‘unequivocally false,’ and later sued her for libel.
In the $1.2 million suit filed in February this year, Oberst claimed that Faircloth – real name Joan Elizabeth Harris – is an embittered fan he’s never met … and she confirmed this in a statement she released to Oberst’s camp on Monday.
The statement 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.
Oberst has not yet responded to this development, but had earlier said the accusation damaged his album sales as well as his reputation.