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Conor Oberst’s Rape Accuser Admits Making Story Up ‘To Get Attention’

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Conor Oberst performs during the 2014 Hangout Music Festival at Hangout Beach on May 16, 2014 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Tim Mosenfelde—Getty Images

"I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused,” writes Bright Eyes singer's accuser

A woman has admitted to fabricating claims that musician Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes raped her as a teenager, according to a notarized statement that was dated and surfaced on Monday.

Joan Elizabeth Harris, who originally identified herself as Joanie Faircloth, first made the accusation in the comments section of a 2013 xoJane article. But she now says she “made up those lies about him to get attention” while dealing with a sick child, in a document first published by BuzzFeed.

Harris apologized for spreading the story “online and elsewhere over the past six months” and for “undermin[ing] the claims of actual sexual assault victims.”

Oberst has denied the accusations and filed a defamation suit earlier this year in response. A recent TMZ story claimed the rape accusation led Oberst’s label to drop him, but the label told the NME that the report was inaccurate.

The full statement reads:

“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.”

[BuzzFeed]

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