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

3:57 PM PST 07/16/2014 by Chris Payne, Billboard
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After accuser recants accusation, singer-songwriter responds, hoping to "move forward with our lives."

Last 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.

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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.

The accusations emerged last December 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.

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Oberst and his camp adamantly denied the claims. The singer-songwriter filed a libel lawsuit in a New York federal court, claiming more than $1 million in damages, including a lost record deal with Nonesuch (a detail that has been debunked). The label did release Oberst's last album, Upside Down Mountain, in May, with Oberst promoting it despite the surrounding drama.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com

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