Joanie Faircloth, a woman who accused former Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of raping her in December of last year, issued a notarized retraction and apology online today.
"The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false," Faircloth's statement, first published at BuzzFeed, reads. "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."
The statement includes Faircloth's retraction of her statements, plus an apology to Oberst and his family and a lamentation that her previous statements "could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims."
Faircloth first made her claims in a now-deleted comment on an xoJane piece called "It Happened To Me: I Dated A Famous Rock Star & All I Got Was Punched In The Face." In the comment, preserved on Tumblr, Faircloth alleged that Oberst had taken advantage of her when she went to his show on her 16th birthday.
Oberst denied the claims through his publicist, then sued Faircloth in February. TMZ floated a report last week that Oberst had been dropped from his record label in the wake of the allegations, but that proved to be false.
Read the full statement below.
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