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Published: 2014/07/14

Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Issues Public Apology

Joanie Faircloth, the woman who accused Conor Oberst of rape in 2013, has issued a public apology, admitting that the allegations are “100% false.” Her initial report, made via an anonymous post on the website, said that she was introduced to Oberst backstage at a concert 10 years ago.

Oberst has passionately denied the allegations and filed a $1 million defamation suit against her in February. Reports recently surfaced that revealed the allegations had impacted sales of Oberst’s latest record, Upside Down Mountain.

Read the full statement below.

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.

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