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Conor Oberst rape accuser publicly apologizes for allegations

By Kyle Johnson,

Joanie Faircloth who accused singer Conor Oberst in December of rape publicly recanted her accusations on Monday.

According to Pitchfork, Faircloth released a notarized apology admitting that her accusations directed towards the Bright Eyes singer were all a lie.

"The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false," she said in the apology. "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."

Faircloth also noted that she realizes that her false rape accusations could hurt others who decide to try and come forward with real sexual assault claims.

The whole event began after an anonymous poster wrote in an XOJane comments section (long since deleted) about allegedly being raped by Oberst. According to Buzzfeed, she wrote about how she met the singer while she was 16 at a 2003 show and he sexually assaulted her.

Oberst didn't take the claims all that well and made good on threats for a libel lawsuit in late February, with the New York Post noting that he was seeking $1 million over claims her accusations have hurt his career and image.

In the complaint, he accused Faircloth of being a "pathological liar with a well-documented history of spinning tales and fabricating sexually themed stories about others to benefit herself."

image courtesy of INFevents.com

 
 

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