Conor Oberst drops libel lawsuit against rape accuser

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Conor Oberst, musician and Bright Eyes frontman, has dropped the libel lawsuit he filed against rape accuser Joanie Faircloth.

In 2013, Faircloth took to the xoJane comments section to claim that Oberst raped her when she was 16. Her claim quickly spread across the internet, and she later wrote a Tumblr further detailing the supposed encounter. Although both the comments and the Tumblr post were deleted, Oberst said that the claims damaged his reputation and career, leading him to file a libel lawsuit against Faircloth.

Last week, Faircloth issued a notarized statement recanting her accusation, writing, “The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false.” Oberst responded with his own statement accepting her apology and, according to court documents BuzzFeed obtained, has voluntarily dismissed the suit.


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