UPDATE: Nonesuch says the TMZ report is inaccurate and that Oberst has not been dropped from the label.
Late last year, a commenter on the website XOJane accused Conor Oberst of raping her in 2004, when she was a 16-year-old fan and a virgin. Rather than shrugging off the comment (which was initially posted via a non-anonymous Disqus account before she removed identifying info), Oberst didn’t just respond to the allegations; he filed a federal lawsuit against the commenter, whose name is Joanie Faircloth, when her identity came to light. Faircloth apparently never showed up to a hearing in New York, and now Oberst wants the federal judge to award him the full $1.2 million amount that he named in the lawsuit, as TMZ reports. As justification, Oberst has filed new documents claiming that the comments caused his label to drop him, costing him a contract that would’ve been worth $200,000. (Things get a little confusing here. Oberst was signed to Nonesuch when the comment made the round. The label released his Upside Down Mountain album in May, and its website still lists him as being part of its roster, though I suppose it’s possible that he’s been dropped since the album came out.) Oberst still claims that he plans to donate his winnings to charity.