by Gaby Whitehill Contributor | Photos by WENN

Tags: Bright Eyes 

Conor Oberst sues rape accuser for $1 million for defamation

Joanie Faircloth said to be 'embittered superfan'


Conor Oberst sues rape accuser for $1 million for defamation Photo: WENN

Conor Oberst has reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman who accused him of rape in 2013.

The musician, best known for his work under the name Bright Eyes, is suing Joanie Faircloth for $1 million, according to TMZ. In the suit, Oberst claims Faircloth is an "embittered superfan", even alleging she has posted notes of admiration about him on her Facebook page as recently as January.

Faircloth first made the claims in an anonymous posting on website XOJane in December 2013. The allegations, which detail Faircloth meeting Oberst backstage at a concert 10 years ago, were then passed around blogging site Tumblr before making news on a variety of websites.

At the time, Oberst made a statement denying Faircloth's claims, saying: "This individual’s accusations are absolutely, unequivocally false," it read. "Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of such crimes of sexual violence."

Now, Oberst claims Faircloth's "lies" have "damaged his reputation". The suit also calls Faircloth's allegations "despicable, false, outrageous and defamatory."

Gaby Whitehill


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