Conor Oberst accepts rape accuser’s apology

July 16, 2014 by Matt Crane

Conor Oberst accepts rape accuser’s apology

This Monday, the woman (Joanie Faircloth) who falsely accused Conor Oberst of raping her after a 2003 Bright Eyes show issued a public apology. “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,” she said.

Now, Oberst has accepted her apology. Read his statement below:

"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."

If you missed it, read Faircloth’s full apology:

"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."

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