In her posting, Faircloth alleged that she was introduced to Oberst backstage at a concert 10 years ago. The allegations picked up traction after being reposted on Tumblr.
When the story initially broke, Oberst issued statement in which he vehemently disputed the claims. “This individual’s accusations are absolutely, unequivocally false”, the statement read. “Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of such crimes of sexual violence.”
In his suit, Oberst claims Faircloth is an “embittered superfan” who has posted notes of admiration on Facebook as recently as this past January. The Bright Eyes frontman also claims her “lies” have “damaged his reputation.”
Update: Oberst has issued a statement explaining his decision to file a lawsuit against Faircloth. He also said he’ll “donate the proceeds of this suit to charities benefiting the victims of violence against women.”
“Today Conor Oberst filed a libel lawsuit in a New York federal court against Joanie Faircloth, a resident of North Carolina, who falsely accused him of rape in the comments section of the xoJane website in December of 2013 and again, some days later, on her Tumblr page. The suit counters Faircloth’s baseless allegations and states that Oberst never had any physical contact with her, either at the concert in Durham, NC at which she claims the attack took place, or at any other time. The only connection between Oberst and Faircloth was one of artist and fan – a fan who has posted laudatory comments about Oberst elsewhere online, including describing attending his band’s concert as the ‘Best memory ever!’
“The lawsuit filed today outlines Faircloth’s history of inventing stories and personalities online in order to gain attention. Although her false statements about Oberst have since been deleted from the locations where they were initially posted online, Oberst’s suit alleges that her malicious lies spread across the Internet and are archived by multiple blogs. Through his attorneys, Oberst requested that Faircloth recant her false accusations, but she ignored the requests. Oberst has thus been forced to proceed with this libel suit in order to set the record straight and to clear his name.
“Oberst is seeking to promote the truth and repair the distress this has brought upon him and his family. Oberst intends to donate the proceeds of this suit to charities benefiting the victims of violence against women.”