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Conor Oberst Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

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Bright Eyes' frontman Conor Oberst has dropped his $1 million libel suit against Joanie Faircloth, who made claims on the Internet that he'd raped her, after Faircloth issued a statement retracting her accusations.

Oberst filed his lawsuit in February after Faircloth's claims—that Oberst had sexually assaulted her when she was a minor—gained national media.


Last week, Faircloth publicly recanted her story and apologized in a notarized statement, admitting she made the whole thing up "to get attention." Oberst later issued his own statement:

"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."


Now Oberst has dropped his lawsuit, with his reps saying, "Conor's only goal throughout these court proceedings has been to expose the truth. As per his statement of last week: he looks forward to moving on to happier times."

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