Conor Oberst’s rape accuser issues apology, says her accusations were 100% false
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.