Woman Admits: I Lied About Conor Oberst Raping Me

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By Daniel Gates


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The woman who accused musician Conor Oberst of raping her when she was a teenager has admitted she lied about the whole thing.

Joanie Faircloth, whose real name is Joan Elizabeth Harris, published her original allegations in the comments section of an xoJane story in December 2013. Oberst immediately declared the accusation to be “unequivocally false” and later sued Faircloth for libel. On Monday, the woman recanted her allegations and admitted she made it all up.

In a notarized statement sent to Oberst’s camp, Faircloth announced:

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’s camp has said that the false rape allegations hurt the musician’s album sales.

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