Last year, Conor Oberst was accused of raping a woman after a Bright Eyes show in 2003. After a libel suit and rumors that Oberst was dropped from his label because of the allegations, the accuser, Joanie Faircloth, has offered a public apology for her claims and retracted her statements.
After a libel suit was filed in February against the North Carolina resident, Faircloth submitted the following statement to Oberst’s legal representative :
“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.”
The news of the rescinded rape accusation comes a week after rumors were circulated by TMZ that Oberst’s label Nonesuch had dropped him as a client due to the allegation, costing him a contract worth “at least $200K.”
His publicist confirmed the rumor of his being dropped was false. The TMZ article also claims Oberst is suing Faircloth for $1.2 million for defamation, the proceeds of which Oberst said, in a statement obtained by Spin, would be donated to “charities benefiting the victims of violence against women.”
As of last week, Faircloth has yet to appear in court.
James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGarciaRH.