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Conor Oberst forgives lying rape accuser

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Jul 16, 2014 | 2:18pm EDT

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."

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