Last year, a woman named Joanie Faircloth anonymously claimed in the comment section of a story on xoJane that Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes raped her after a show in 2003 when she was a teenager. Joanie later told the whole story on Tumblr and it was picked up by everyone and Conor got the RAPIST!!!! label stamped onto his forehead. Conor immediately said Joanie was spitting out lies and her bullshit fraudulent story was an insult to real victims of rape. Conor filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against Joanie and demanded that she admit her story was made of pure fiction. Conor’s lawyers spent 7 months trying to contact Joanie and they didn’t hear a thing from her until she gave them a notarized statement where she admitted that he never raped her and she did it for attention. Um, sticking a lit sparkler in your b-hole before doing naked cartwheels down the street is the correct way to get attention. Falsely accusing someone of rape is not the correct way to get attention.
Conor’s publicist gave Buzzed her statement:
“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. 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.”
While Joanie was hoping that everyone would forget about her calling Conor a rapist and it would all just go away, his publishing company didn’t pick up a $200,000 option and he says it’s because of the rape accusation. Conor’s father and business manager said that he got the best reviews of his career for his latest album, but it still sold a lot less than his previous albums, because nobody wants to buy an album from a rapist (Well, except for Lady CaCa. She’ll not only buy a rapist’s album. She’ll work with one too!).
So that’s sort of that, I guess. Joanie has earned a place at the top of the VIP list in HELL and Conor is vindicated, so Uncle Terry and R. Kelly will stop calling him to ask him if he wants to collaborate on a “project” together.