Sunday, May 24, 2015

Conor Oberst's rape accuser confesses: 'I lied about sexual assault'

A woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of raping her at a concert in 2003 has publicly retracted her statements.

Conor Oberst's rape accuser confesses: 'I lied about sexual assault'

A woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of raping her at a concert in 2003 has publicly retracted her statements.

The singer/songwriter hit headlines in December when Joanie Faircloth posted a series of anonymous messages in the comment section of an article about abusive rock stars on XOJane, accusing Oberst of sexually assaulting her following a gig in North Carolina in 2003, when she was 16.

Oberst denied the accusations and instructed his legal representatives to sue for defamation after they managed to identify the author of the damning posts as Faircloth.

Last week, the star requested a summary judgment in the case as Faircloth had failed to respond to the legal action, and now the defendant has come clean about the whole affair, confessing the encounter was completely fabricated. In a statement issued to Buzzfeed.com, Faircloth writes, "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100 percent 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, who is currently on tour in Europe, has yet to respond to the confession. He is demanding $1.2 million in compensation from Faircloth.

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