Conor Oberst's Rape Accuser Recants, Issues Official Public Apology

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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 1: Musician Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes performs on stage during the Vote For Change Concert at the Wachovia Center October 1, 2004 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images) | Scott Gries via Getty Images

The woman who accused Bright Eyes rocker Conor Oberst of raping her after a show in 2003, when she was a teenager, has officially recanted and issued a public apology.

Joanie Faircloth, whose real name is Joan Elizabeth Harris, contacted Oberst's lawyer and issued a notarized statement on July 14, admitting that she made false allegations of sexual assault against the musician, reports Spin magazine. Faircloth wrote:

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.

In February, Oberst sued Faircloth for libel, claiming his reputation had been damaged by her accusations. According to the 34-year-old musician's lawyers, the letter of apology came after seven months of attempts to reach Faircloth, requesting that she rescind the allegations she made against Oberst in the comments section of the xoJane website in December 2013.

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