Conor Oberst Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

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

Not long after Conor Oberst accepted an apology from the woman who falsely accused him of rape, the indie singer-songwriter has dropped his lawsuit against her.

Oberst's publicist confirmed to BuzzFeed that they asked the judge to dismiss their $700,000 complaint against Oberst's accuser last Friday. "Conor’s only goal throughout these court proceedings has been to expose the truth," the publicist told BuzzFeed. "As per his statement of last week: he looks forward to moving on to happier times."

Earlier this year in the comments section of an xoJane article, a woman calling herself Joanie Faircloth claimed the Bright Eyes singer sexually assaulted her over a decade ago when she was underage. Oberst maintained his innocence throughout the year and last Monday, Faircloth – real name Joan Elizabeth Harris, a North Carolina resident -- admitted the accusations were false.

"The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false," Harris admitted in an online statement. "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."

Oberst accepted her apology last week: "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."

Oberst's latest album, "Upside Down Mountain," suffered from lackluster sales, which Oberst's now-dismissed lawsuit sought to rectify. The lawsuit estimated that the false allegations cost him at least $700,000 in album sales, tour sales and publishing deals.


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