Indie rocker Conor Oberst has dropped his libel lawsuit against a fan who accused him of sexually assaulting her. Joanie Faircloth issued a statement last week (beg14Jul14), confessing she made up lies about an encounter with the Bright Eyes star to get attention.
She made the remarks anonymously in a comment section on XOJane in December (13), prompting Oberst to identify her and then sue her for libel.
On Friday (18Jul14), he dismissed his suit without prejudice.
In a statement released the day after Faircloth confessed to making up the story, Oberst wrote, "This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives."
Indie rocker Conor Oberst has graciously accepted an apology from a fan who made his life a living hell after falsely accusing him of raping her backstage after a gig when she was a teenager. Joanie Faircloth, aka Joan Elizabeth Harris, admitted to fabricating the whole story on Monday (14Jul14), seven months after claiming the Bright Eyes frontman sexually assaulted her in the comments section of an XO Jane article.
She wrote, "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."
Oberst, who launched a lawsuit against his accuser earlier this year (14), has now responded with a statement, which reads, "I have accepted Joanie Faircloth's apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans, and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives."
A woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of raping her at a concert in 2003 has publicly retracted her statements, admitting she "made up those lies" for attention. The singer/songwriter hit headlines in December (13) when Joanie Faircloth posted a series of anonymous messages in the comment section of an article about abusive rock stars on XOJane.com, accusing Oberst of sexually assaulting her following a gig in North Carolina in 2003, when she was 16.
Oberst denied the accusations and instructed his legal representatives to sue for defamation after they managed to identify the author of the damning posts as Faircloth.
Last week (ends11Jul14), the star requested a summary judgement in the case as Faircloth had failed to respond to the legal action, and now the defendant has come clean about the whole affair, confessing the encounter was completely fabricated.
In a statement issued to Buzzfeed.com, Faircloth writes, "The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100 percent 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."
Oberst, who is currently on tour in Europe, has yet to respond to the confession. He is demanding $1.2 million (£705,882) in compensation from Faircloth.
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst is requesting a summary judgement in his defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of rape in 2003 after the defendant failed to respond to the legal action. The singer/songwriter is demanding $1.2 million (£705,882) from Joanie Faircloth amid claims she is the anonymous individual who named him in a series of messages in the comment section of an article about abusive rock stars on XOJane.com in December (13).
The author of the posts accused Oberst of raping her after a show in North Carolina in 2003, when she was 16.
The star insists the encounter is made up as he has never even met her, and he filed suit against Faircloth in February (14), alleging her lies damaged his reputation and cost him a record contract worth at least $200,000 (£117,650).
Faircloth has not responded to the lawsuit or shown up for hearings in the case, so now the singer is asking a judge to rule in his favour and award him damages, according to TMZ.com.
A decision on the request has yet to be made.
Bright Eyes star Conor Oberst has followed through on his threat to take legal action against the woman who accused him of raping her as a teenager. Last month (Jan14), the singer/songwriter announced he was considering legal action following the online allegations which linked him to a sexual assault a decade ago, and now he has launched a defamation lawsuit against a woman he has identified as Joanie Faircloth.
He claims she is the unnamed individual who left a series of posts in the comment section of an article about abusive rock stars on XOJane.com in December (13), claiming the Bright Eyes star had raped her after a 2003 show in New York, when she was 16.
Oberst insists the encounter is made up, and he has never even met her.
In his lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.com, the singer claims her lies have damaged his reputation.
Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst is considering legal action following online allegations linking him to a sexual assault a decade ago. An unnamed individual left a series of posts in the comment section of an article about an abusive rock star on XOJane.com, claiming the Bright Eyes star had raped her. She alleged she was 16 at the time.
The comments have since been removed and now the singer is looking at his legal options.
His representative tells AbsolutePunk.com, "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.
"This is a particularly serious and sickening allegation and there is no truth to it. Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of such crimes of sexual violence. The behaviour attributed to him by this individual is in direct opposition to his principles. Conor is consulting with a libel attorney regarding this matter."
Bright Eyes star Conor Oberst has revealed he auditioned for the lead role in The Coen Brothers' new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. The folk frontman was hoping to land his first acting role in the film, which is loosely based on the memoir of struggling cult singer Dave Van Ronk, but, after watching the finished product, he is happy to have lost the job to Hollywood newcomer Oscar Isaac.
Sitting down for a chat with Isaac for Interview magazine, he said, "I know I told you this when we met, but I tried out for your role in Inside Llewyn Davis - and thank God for everyone that I didn't get it. But they auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett (executive music producer) say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared."
During the interview, Isaac, who performed in a series of bands during his youth, admitted the acting gig allowed him to realise his musical dreams in front of a whole new audience.
He explained, "What was also interesting for me about playing those songs in those scenes was that, obviously, I needed to play this character, Llewyn Davis, who has a very particular voice and is playing a very particular style of music. But doing that was also an opportunity for me, Oscar, to be the musician that I'd always wanted to be as a kid - and to actually sing with that kind of honest voice that I'd always wanted to sing with."
Oberst got the chance to become involved in the film project by performing as part of the line-up for the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis benefit concert in New York in September (13). The three-hour show, organised by the movie's directors Joel and Ethan Cohen and producer Burnett, also featured Patti Smith, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers and Joan Baez, while Isaac and his movie co-star Carey Mulligan took the stage too.
Patti Smith, Jack White and Marcus Mumford joined forces on Sunday (29Sep13) to stage a three-hour concert in New York celebrating the folk music featured in new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and The Decemberists' Colin Meloy were also among the stars who performed at the special event, organised by the movie's directors Joel and Ethan Cohen and producer T Bone Burnett.
The show also included a collaboration between Mumford and folk legend Joan Baez, who teamed up to sing John Fahey's Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry.
The British star couldn't contain his excitement as Baez left the stage, exclaiming to the audience, "That's f**king Joan Baez, man! Everyone's been too cool to have one of those OMG (oh my god) moments."
The Mumford & Sons frontman went on to invite the movie's star, Oscar Isaac, into the spotlight to duet on Bob Dylan tracks I Was Young When I Left Home and Fare Thee Well, which feature on the film's score.
Mumford's actress wife, Carey Mulligan, also appeared on stage during the gig to perform Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby with Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens from another Coen Brothers movie soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Town Hall concert, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, raised funds for the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
You wouldn't expect Game of Thrones to feature tons of hip indie artists. The show is in no way modern, and it exists in a world far apart from Pitchfork and Coachella. But, with a guest appearance by the Coldplay drummer, a haunting ballad from The National, and a recently announced appearance by atmospheric Swedish band Sigur Rós, it seems that Game of Thrones has become The O.C. for the fantasy genre.
The modern music on Game of Thrones is in no way jarring; the songs often fit the medieval, sinister quality of the show. Here are a few bands that seem like they would belong on the show, whether dressed in furs or scorring a bloody scene.
Fleet FoxesThis lovely folk band sounds like they could have been medieval troubadors, and the creepy lyrics of "White Winter Hymnal" could have scored the Red Wedding.
Radical FaceRadical Face already has a song called "Winter is Coming," and the chill of beyond the wall is present in their melodic music.
Mumford and SonsThough most of their stuff seems a little too peppy for GoT, Mumford sure knows how to do a ballad.
BeirutThere is a distinctly old-fashioned sound to Beirut, as well as a sad yearning that would work well in Game of Thrones.
Bon Iver/Volcano Choir/Justin VernonWhatever band Justin Vernon is in, he basically already looks like he's an extra on the show.
Monsters of FolkWouldn't it be cool to get this folk super group, which includes Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and M.Ward of She and Him, to perform their catchy songs on the show?
Laura MarlingMarling's swirling folk would mesh well with Game of Thrones, and she looks like she would belong on the show.
Le LoupLe Loup mastered the improbable combo of banjo, electronic beats, and lovely harmonies, which would provide a very cool old/new feel on GoT.
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Carey Mulligan and John Goodman will be showing off their musical skills at a concert to celebrate the folk music from their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen and producer T Bone Burnett, who teamed up for the soundtrack of hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will stage the show at The Town Hall in New York City on 29 September 29 (13).
A portion of the proceeds from the gig, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Artists like Joan Baez, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Mulligan's husband Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith and Jack White will also perform.