Conor Oberst Issues Statement Following Rape Accuser's Apology
Published Jul 16, 2014Conor Oberst had been facing rape allegations, but the Bright Eyes songwriter's name was cleared this week when accuser Joanie Faircloth admitted that she had been lying and issued a public apology. Now, Oberst has come forward with a statement on this latest development.
In his brief statement, Oberst accepted Faircloth's apology, saying:
I have accepted Joanie Faircloth's apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans, and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives.
This statement makes no mention of the million-dollar libel lawsuit that Oberst had filed against Faircloth. By accepting her apology, it seems likely that the suit has also been forgiven, but this remains to be confirmed.
Faircloth originally posted her claims in the comments section of xoJane.com, writing that Oberst had raped her a decade ago, when she was a teenager. Her comments were deleted, but they circulated on the internet, prompting Oberst to respond with the aforementioned suit.
Faircloth had apparently been out of contact for many months before finally issuing an apology earlier this week, admitting that her accusations were "100 percent false." She said that she was trying to "get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son's illness."