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    Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:29:56

    Woman Recants Claims Against Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst - She said he raped her, then admitted that it was a lie

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    Last year, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst was accused of raping a woman at a concert over a decade ago.

    That woman has now admitted her claims were lies. Ugh! That is SO horrible. Making those sorts of claims can ruin someone's life and reputation.

    Here's the back-story: The woman, Joanie Faircloth, posted messages anonymously in the comments section related to a feature about abusive rock stars that was posted at XOJane. She accused Oberst of sexually assaulting her following a show in North Carolina in 2003, when she was just 16 years of age.

    Oberst denied the claims and was set to sue Faircloth for defamation once her identity was discovered. He sought $1.2 million in damages, rightfully so. Oberst seems like such a nice guy, so her claims seemed really outrageous.

    Faircloth had failed to respond to the legal action and Oberst asked for a summary judgment. Now, Faircloth has admitted she fabricated the story.

    She issued a statement to Buzzfeed, which read: "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100 percent 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."

    Wow. Just wow.

    What do you think of this story and her excuse and reason for faking it and making up horrific lies and crying wolf? That type of stuff detracts time, attention and resources from those who actually have been victims.

    —Katie Sheehan
    07.16.14



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