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Conor Oberst drops lawsuit against sexual assault accuser

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Jul 21, 2014 | 1:18pm EDT

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."

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