Posted in music on July 14, 2014

Conor Oberst

In 2013, Conor Oberst was accused by Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris) of raping her in 2003. He since sued her for libel and Joan has now issued a public apology stating that her accusations were 100% false:

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.
It had also been reported recently that Nonesuch (who put out Conor's new LP) had dropped him from their label after the allegations, but that was proven untrue.

Conor's tour with Dawes hits NYC on July 29 at Central Park Summerstage. Tickets are still available.

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Comments (34)

well he still raped me!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:13 PM

with his smile!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:15 PM

It was amazing that anyone believed this nonsense in the first place. But even more surprising that she apologized. Forget being sued (which is bad enough), you can go to jail for making a false accusation like this, so she had little reason to retract it.

Good on her, in a small way, for finally admitting it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:15 PM

^You are an idiot. She only retracted it because the libel suit was going forward and she knew the jig was up. Even though this bitch is broke as shit, she was looking at millions of dollars in debt and basic destruction for the rest of her life

She probably cried to Conor and his lawyers and they made her do this as a way to end the libel suit. Conor is a good hearted pussy. I would have made her pay and pay big

She is a disgusting human being and I don't even like Conor's music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:19 PM

he obviously paid her off

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:22 PM

You'll see in the Pitchfork and Stereogum comments about this people claiming he still raped this person. People have really been brainswashed into victim fetishization in 2014. Which is the kinda culture that led to her lying in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:23 PM

Never believed the allegations but think Conor did more harm then good with his lawsuit. I can see why he did it but not sure that is the right way to handle it (then again what is the right way to handle rape allegations). Wonder if this was part of some deal to drop the lawsuit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:23 PM

^You are a genius, Captain Obvious. Try reading the comments (3:19 specifically) before looking like a moron with yours.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:27 PM

pitchfork has a comment section?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:28 PM

FAN FICTION

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:28 PM

3:23, where is there a comment section on Pitchfork. Is this a special secret version I am not aware of?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:28 PM

Women today are pure evil

Avoid them at all costs

Just watch porn

Dumb skanks aren't worth it

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:28 PM

she should be in jail

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:28 PM

I knew this whole thing was total BS.

I wonder what that admin of the Conor fansite who "advocated" for the accuser and helped promote the allegations has to say for themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:29 PM

#YesAllWomen

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:36 PM

whoa, the comments over at Pitchfork are craaaaaaaaayyy

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:55 PM

3:28 amazing

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 3:59 PM

Well that's a shitty thing to lie about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:03 PM

Y'all do realize this was generated by CO and Nonesuch to gain traction for his new release. My friends, do I really need to spell (and correct your shitty grammar) out everything for you?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:13 PM

If Pitchfork had a comments section, Sacher would be off the hook. We'd be too busy screaming at those assholes to worry about him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:25 PM

3:28 - best of luck with your FleshLight collection.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:26 PM

#bringourgirlsbackhome

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:31 PM

Ok, so he's not a rapist. He still sucks though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:33 PM

Will she go to jail?

Interesting that the man's name during an "accusation" revealed but not the accuser ( oh to protect identity...right ha).

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 4:47 PM

Why doesnt the website that originally posted her accusation fess up and admit they were wrong for posting it?

http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/it-happened-to-me-i-dated-a-famous-rock-star-all-i-got-was-punched-in-the-face#comment-1169904358

They should also be sued for liable.

Posted by spikenyc | July 14, 2014 4:59 PM

3:23 here - in response to people asking about where the comment section is on Pitchfork - it's on Facebook. I was also referring to the Stereogum comment thread on Facebook, not the website itself.

Direct link to post and comment thread - https://www.facebook.com/pitchforkmedia/posts/10152592969721000

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 5:26 PM

"It had also been reported recently that Nonesuch (who put out Conor's new LP) had dropped him from their label after the allegations, but that was proven untrue." - So why put this in even??

Posted by ME | July 14, 2014 5:41 PM

"Good on her, in a small way, for finally admitting it." - 3:15

Good on her? That is pretty obvious a part of a settelment that would save her of going to jail, where she belongs.

Posted by ME | July 14, 2014 5:44 PM

PEOPLE DIDN'T GET RAPED, YOU ASSWIPES!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 7:10 PM

He should just rape that bitch !

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 8:57 PM

lol he raped dat bishz booty hoe

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 10:09 PM

I'm all for celebrating justice, and generally agree with populist dogma that false sexual assault allegations are evil, are insulting to actual rape victims, and the liars should be prosecuted, etc..

At the same time, don't cha think there's a wee bit chance this recanting could be the result of some behind the scenes pay off? Even Oberst's counter suit proves nothing, because that could be a pre-negotiated charade for appearances, with an eventual out-of-court settlement baked into whatever deal may have been struck to silence this accuser... Devil's advocate here.

I of course have no insider information, aside from the obviously sudden nature of this woman announcing that her earlier accusation is untrue.

What would possibly motivate a person to say that (even if they were, in fact, lying), since that is self-incriminating and leaves her open the forgone conclusion that she will now lose any counter suit for defamation?

Seems a tad odd. It's important to not assume face value is the whole story, especially when famous people and their lawyers and PR people are involved. A LOT of people make money off Conor Oberst, they would of course be willing to spend money and could be quite crafty to strategise to salvage his career if it were suddenly threatened.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 12:53 PM

Rape is real. It is not just in novels or in movies.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 12:56 PM

After checking her out you would have to think that no one would ever rape her.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2691973/Woman-accused-Bright-Eyes-singer-raping-concert-16-admits-story-LIE.html

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2014 1:36 PM

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