The woman who accused Conor Oberst has retracted her rape allegations and apologized for any damage she may have caused.
Joan Elizabeth Harris, who is also known as Joanie Faircloth, admitted that she made up the claims first made in the comments section of a 2013 XO Jane article, in which she states she was raped by a “rock star” when she was only 16-years old. She then identified the musician as Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst.
However, he denied the allegations and filed a defamation lawsuit against Joan earlier in 2014, stating that the claims had damaged his reputation. In January 2014, his publicist denied the allegations, “Usually we wouldn’t feel the urge to comment on spurious blog chatter but the recent allegations made about Conor Oberst by an anonymous commenter on the xoJane website are flagrant enough to demand our response. This individual’s accusations are absolutely, unequivocally false.”
However, yesterday, on Monday, July 13 she issued a statement stating that her previous comments were “100% false” and she fabricated the “lies about him to get attention”.
“The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false,” she wrote.
“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 realise 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.”