More than half a year after accusing Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of raping her after a 2003 concert when she was 16 years old, North Carolina resident Joanie Faircloth has recanted her allegation.
She initially made the claim in the comments section of an xoJane post about an anonymous woman’s experience being raped by her rock-star boyfriend, writing that Oberst “took advantage of my teenage crush on him,” and later expanded on the story in a Tumblr that, along with the xoJane comments, has since been deleted.
In a statement published by Spin, Faircloth writes, in part, “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.”
Back in February, Oberst sued Faircloth for defamation, asking the court for $1.2 million in damages. Faircloth hadn’t responded to the suit, which Oberst asked a judge to rule in his favor last week, before approaching them to retract her claim. Oberst and his camp have yet to announce whether or not they’ll continue to pursue their case.