Conor Oberst has accepted the public apology of Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris), the woman who accused him of raping her when she was 16 years old.
In a media statement released on Wednesday, the Bright Eyes front man said:
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.
However, he did not say whether he will withdraw the $1.2 million libel lawsuit he filed against her.
As ENTmania! reported, Faircloth issued a public apology to Oberst on Monday, saying that she made up the rape accusation in xoJane ‘to get attention’.