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.
Ryan O'Neal has been keeping the spirit of his late partner Farrah Fawcett alive by 'talking' to the actress through her Andy Warhol portrait. The Love Story star made the confession during his testimony in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (11Dec13) as part of his long-running legal battle with officials from the University of Texas over the ownership of the Warhol artwork.
O'Neal took the valuable piece from Fawcett's home following her death in 2009, claiming it was one of two he had commissioned the iconic artist to paint, while college bosses allege the actress left the silkscreen to them in her will.
Taking the stand on Wednesday, the 72 year old revealed the painting helped him to feel close to Fawcett.
He told the court, "I talk to it. I talk to her. It's her presence. Her presence in my life. In our son's life. We lost her. I don't want to lose that, too."
O'Neal, who is father to Fawcett's only child, son Redmond, also vowed never to sell the portrait, valued at $12 million (£8 million), if he wins the case, adding, "I plan to keep it in our family as long as there is a family."
The civil trial continues.
Jack Osbourne contemplated quitting U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars on the eve of Monday's (16Sep13) big premiere because he was convinced he would never compare to his celebrity competitors. Family matriarch Sharon Osbourne reveals her son, who suffers with Multiple Sclerosis, believed he had made a huge mistake by signing on for his dancing debut after sitting in on practice sessions for fellow contestants including Valerie Harper, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley, Christina Milian and Leah Remini.
Jack eventually decided to face up to his fears and hit the dancefloor for the season premiere on Monday - and Sharon admits she was wracked with nerves as she cheered him on from the studio audience because of her son's pre-show confession.
Appearing on her U.S. daytime show The Talk on Tuesday (17Sep13), Sharon said, "I swear to you I felt physically sick before he started to dance because it's something he's never ever done and it wasn't until the day before that he actually got into the studio, out of the rehearsal room into the physical filming studio, and saw everybody else dance, because they watch everyone else dance.
"He texts me and says, 'Mum, I've done the wrong thing here, I can never compete, I've done the wrong thing.' And so I'm like, 'Oh, my goodness', and then he said that day he messed up his routine, so I was like, 'Oh no, it's gonna be just uncomfortable for him.' And then when he came out and he started (dancing) and... he was like, cruising, and I was like, (relieved)... Not just for Jack, but for all the people who have never danced before, it's really brave."
Jack had no need to worry - he and his professional partner Cheryl Burke impressed the judges with their foxtrot, scoring a respectable total of 23 out of 30.
S1E14: After two weeks of re-runs, Revenge fans were more than ready to get back to the non-stop action this show seems to provide time and time again -- and this episode was no exception. However, the excitement and intrigue stemmed more from emotional mind games than actual trauma (like say, burning a house down). Now that the secret's out about David Clarke being Charlotte's real father it's simply a question of who's going to find out next. Of course, Emily views this as a perfect opportunity to bring Victoria down...especially with Conrad's father around to witness the scandal firsthand. But can she go through with it, even if it means throwing her sister under the bus to do it? And let's not forget that this is all leading up to next week's even bigger episode of Emily and Daniel's engagement party. That's right, we're only one week away from finding out who actually got shot! Deep breaths, people. Deep breaths.
"In reality our perception is often clouded by expectations, by experiences. As of late I find my perception is blinded by only one thing...revenge." - Emily
After Victoria cried rape against Emily's father, she's determined now more than ever to get her revenge on Victoria. So she devises a plan to have the whole paternity scandal revealed (via David Clarke's taped confession) during a dinner at the Grayons' with everyone in attendance....including Conrad's father. Apparently the chairman of Grayson Global is a little worried his son's divorce will do damage to the company's name, so he came to see just how bad things have gotten. That little tape could majorly determine the entire company's future from that point forward - not to mention the repercussions it could have on Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Daniel is trying to convince his mother to come clean about the whole thing with Charlotte, saying that she deserves to know the truth. However, Victoria doesn't agree with her son's logic and makes a deal with Conrad. She'll dutifully allow the divorce to go through quietly and relatively hostile-free if he promises to continue to treat Charlotte like his own daughter and never tell her the truth of who her real father is. And since Conrad is determined to prove to his father that the company is still in good hands, he accepts the terms and even makes an effort to reconnect with Charlotte at the family dinner later that evening. After witnessing this tender exchange, Emily decides to abort her plan and not show the tape after all. Could it be that Emily's cold heart is beginning to unthaw?
"You want that tape so bad, you get it from him." - Amanda
In other news, Jack is on the road to recovery after his brutal beating from Victoria's henchman, however, the same can't be said of his heart. Ever since Amanda left, Jack has been trying to get in touch with her, calling her cell all the time. And since Emily is now in possession of said phone, she's feeling a little guilty about the whole thing. But things start to take a turn for the worst when Jack finds one of Mason Treadwell's tapes under his bed (I guess the henchman missed one while making his quick exit). And although he doesn't look at it right away, it prompts him to leave an urgent voicemail on Amanda's phone, saying that if she wants her tape back then she has to meet up with him. Of course, Emily is the one to actually hear the voicemail and becomes dead-set on Jack not learning what's on that tape. So she gets in touch with Amanda and has her meet up with Jack in order to get the tape back, but it doesn't work. Jack's too hurt and upset by Amanda's cold demeanor and storms off with the tape in hand, determined to find out what was worth ruining what they had together.
But it's okay, Emily (as always) has a backup plan. Apparently, Nolan owns a device that would be able to obscure the video when he tries to look at the tape, but when Jack comes over to for the viewing, Nolan can't go through with it and lets him really see what's on the tape, thinking that he deserves to know the truth. And what truths does the tape hold? A ten-year-old Amanda, who reveals that Victoria was having an affair with her father. She's desperate and scared and feels all alone in the world, so of course this enrages Jack and he storms out to track down Amanda. Jack spends some time banging on Amanda's apartment door, trying to get her to open up and talk to him about what he saw on the tape. Thoroughly confused and angry about the situation, Amanda calls Emily, asking her why she made her confront Jack if she was just going to let him see the tape anyway? Of course, Emily was completely unaware any of this had taken place and she attempts to calm Amanda down. But Amanda's sick and tired of listening to Emily, so she decides to chase after Jack -- possibly to tell him the truth about who she really is. Uh-oh.
"If you don't stop telling lies about Amanda Clarke, I'm going to start telling the truth about you." - Jack
But Jack's already moved on to his next destination: the Grayson's dinner party. He storms in and immediately calls Victoria out for having an affair with David Clarke and condemns her for leaving Amanda abandoned and alone. That's when things begin to unravel and it's truth time at the Grayson household. Since Jack got the ball rolling, Conrad thinks now would be the perfect time to tell Charlotte that David Clarke is her biological father, which leads to her storming out of the room. This prompts Daniel to come to his mother's defense, saying how it was a product of rape, but Conrad assures him that this was an ongoing affair, which leads Victoria to storm out of the room. And to top things off, all this makes Conrad's dad realize that he wants his son to step down as CEO and appoint Daniel as the new leader of the company. So in case you couldn't tell, the dinner isn't exactly going very well.
But the real twist of the night is when Emily returns to her place to find her secret floor board uncovered with a wedding RSVP slip on top of everything. It's unclear if someone actually removed contents from the floor board or if this act was simply to send a message to Emily, saying that this mystery person is onto her. Either way, it's not good because now Emily isn't the one with the upper hand anymore. Someone else knows the truth, but who? I'm slightly suspicious that it could be Victoria's assistant, Ashley, especially after her little interaction with Conrad where he asked her what her angle in all this was. It just seems a little too convenient for that to amount to nothing. Plus, we didn't really see much of her throughout the episode -- was that because she was staking Emily's place out? Hopefully we'll find out soon enough, but for now we've got a lot more to look forward to: like the infamous engagement party. Next week we're FINALLY going to see how it all went down.
So what did you think of tonight's episode? Who do you think the RSVP is from? How excited are you for next week's episode?
Chad Lowe's furious father has blasted his estranged daughter-in-law Hilary Swank for going public with his son's substance abuse problems in a magazine article.
The double Oscar winner has stunned Hollywood by revealing all of actor Lowe's 2003 drugs and alcohol problems in a new Vanity Fair interview, suggesting her husband's issues were the beginning of the end of their marriage.
Lowe, who has since sought counseling and is now sober, was shocked by his wife's magazine revelations--and his family is upset with Swank's decision to talk about the matter.
Lowe's father, Charles, an Ohio lawyer, claims Swank is simply trying to taint her estranged husband's reputation to win a better divorce settlement.
He fumes, "I have been a divorce lawyer for 42 years and I can tell you it is not unusual to find a spouse in a divorce situation attempting to elevate her or himself by degrading the other spouse.
"Chad is baffled as to why Hilary did this... He loved her and still does, despite this public hatchet job... I am very disappointed."
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In 1973, 51-year-old Barbara Gibbons of Falls Village, Connecticut, was killed in a brutal attack in her home. She suffered stab wounds and broken bones. She was also sexually mutilated. Police immediately focused their investigation on the victim's 18-year-old son Peter Reilly.
Peter told police he came home and discovered his mother lying on the bedroom floor in a pool of blood. At police headquarters, alone and without legal counsel, Reilly was detained and interrogated for over 25 hours. He eventually succumbed to exhaustion, hunger, confusion and grief, and confessed to the gruesome murder. Friends and neighbors rushed to Reilly's side despite his confession, refusing to believe he was guilty. They raised money for his defense, but to no avail. Peter was found guilty and sentenced to 6 to 16 years. The community was outraged. Playwright Arthur Miller alerted the national press and assembled a new defense team.
Before a new trial could begin, the prosecutor died. His replacement discovered evidence that led the state to drop its case against Reilly. The case has had a poisonous impact on Connecticut law enforcement for more than a quarter century. Today, new controversy surrounds the case, as Reilly calls for DNA-testing of old evidence that may once and for all clear his name and move police to resume the investigation.