Conor Oberst Accepts Rape Accuser's Apology: Read His Statement

 Meredith Jenks
Photographed by Meredith Jenks on March 26, 2014 at Lafayette House in New York.

This Monday, the woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman/singer-songwriter Conor Oberst of raping her in an XO Jane post last year finally admitted to fabricating the whole story. Today, Oberst accepted the apology of Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris) in a public statement.

Oberst's statement reads:

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.

Sued by Oberst earlier this year, Joan Elizabeth Harris issued the following statement on Monday:

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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 accusations emerged last Decemeber in the comments section of the XO Jane article, "It Happened to Me: I Dated a Famous Rock Star & All I Got Was Punched in the Face." A then-anonymous commenter claimed to have been raped by Oberst. She gave a detailed narrative of meeting the songwriter at age 16 via her English teacher, who happened to be his older brother.

Oberst and his camp adamantly denied the claims. The singer-songwriter filed a libel lawsuit in a New York federal court, claiming over a million dollars in damages, including a lost record deal with Nonesuch (a detail which has been debunked). The label did release Oberst's last album, "Upside Down Mountain," in May 2014, with Oberst promoting it despite the surrounding drama.


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