Originally identified as Joanie Faircloth, Joan Elizabeth Harris first accused musician and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of rape allegations in the comments section of a 2013 xoJane article
late last year, but the story has taken a drastic turn for the better as Faircloth now says she “made up those lies about him to get attention” while dealing with a sick child.
Oberst filed a defamation suit back in February in response to the situation. Now the official statement from Faircloth denies all allegations she made over the past six months and apologizes for her actions.
“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.”