Conor Oberst

Earlier this week Joanie Faircloth, the woman who accused Conor Oberst of raping her, apologized and admitted she lied about the whole thing. Today, Oberst issued a statement accepting Faircloth’s apology. Read the statement below.

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.

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  1. I can’t imagine showing that kind of restraint.
    Kudos to Mr. Oberst

  2. Now he needs to say he’ll forget about it, and make sure that people who are victims aren’t scared of being branded as liars. The system is still pretty fair to the accused. A lot of actual victims will see this story, and hopefully not be discouraged from coming forward. I think he could go a long way if he took the time to say it’s okay to come forward.

    • Although it would be nice, he doesn’t “need” to say anything now. He was the victim in this case. He doesn’t “need” to do anything at all. If anyone needs to do anything further on this debacle it would be the remorseful lying accuser. Maybe she can continue her apology and turn it into a campaign of why its so important to not lie about such matters.

      • He definitely was the victim, and it cost him something, but he should address the bigger issue, especially as a songwriter with a wide platform who is known for taking on progressive causes. Yes, something awful was dropped into his lap, but now he has a very unique opportunity and I would argue a responsibility (as we all do) to do something about it.

        Don’t go making this a male-centric issue–what was at risk for Oberst is nothing compared to the burden for coping victims and the risk for potential victims. Victims and potential victims are the people who will be hurt most by this. It’s about them, not the relatively small numbers of falsely accused, and it’s definitely not about the woman who accused him.

        • “What was at risk for Oberst is nothing compared to the burden for coping victims and the risk for potential victims.” False. You should watch “Jagten.” OWWWOOOOOOOOO!

    • Oberst actually doesn’t NEED to do anything but go on about his life now that he’s been cleared. Your point is well taken that hopefully this doesn’t discourage actual victims from coming forward, but given the circumstances, I’m not sure it’s really fair to expect him to become a spokesman on the subject.

    • You’re absolutely right man, I don’t know why you are getting downvoted. He could have made a simple statement that could have helped a lot of people.

      • Yeah, when horrible crap happens to me I like to keep talking about it. You know, make a bunch of statements publicly. Really revel in my misery and make sure everybody ELSE feels good about themselves.

        If he talks enough about it maybe his name can become synonymous with rape. Woudn’t that be great? As much as you might think otherwise the only thing that happens when somebody in the public eye repeatedly talks about a subject is that person becomes affiliated with that topic forever. To make this more simple for you…..This is how it plays out over time in the minds of the average American….

        “Conor Oberst? He raped somebody, right?”

        I double dog dare you to tell me I’m wrong. Conor issuing any statement whatsoever was a nice gesture on his part. Asking more of him is ludicrous.

        • I’m callin “time of death” on my double dog dare above. That being said I’m gonna call myself spot on on this one.

          Nothin’ like a good double dog dare unchallenged to make one feel superior.

    • What a stunningly idiotic comment. It’s not enough for you that Oberst forgives this vile piece of shit who wrongly accused him but he should light himself on fire as well? If the “system” is in any way skeptical about such accusations it’s because of women like Joanie Faircloth just blatantly lying. You should get off your legless white pony and place the blame for women “not coming forward” where it belongs.

  3. “Don’t go making this a male-centric issue” said the two guys discussing what another guy needs to do.

  4. What a disgrace Jonie Faircloth is. Women who falsely accuse someone of rape should be treated without impunity just as actual rapists. And Oberst is a veritable saint for being so forgiving.

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    • Please retreat to whatever “men are the devil incarnate” website you slithered from. I see the above is your first time posting here. I will forever remember the time before your first post as “The salad days” of Stereogum. Take care.

    • So does this raging feminist hot take not extend to the woman whose false charges started this shit-show? No word on that, huh? Maybe you should “embrace” the fact that wolf-crying scum like her are more the reason some women are afraid to come forward after rape than Oberst not rallying to the cause you’ve designated for him.

      Again, it’s not his job to take up an issue just because YOU’VE decided he should take it up. He (or any entertainer) doesn’t owe you shit, so write your own goddamn narrative instead of forcing yours on others.

      Also, he’s a c-list celebrity at best, so I’m not sure how much of an opportunity has actually been missed here. He’s fucking Bright Eyes, not ____ [insert name of singer more than 1% of the general population has heard of]

  6. I’m not sure Conor has any special social advocacy role or responsibility to anyone in how he responds to this, really… just because he’s a celebrity that was falsely accused of rape? I mean, he’s obviously somewhat of an activist but after something like this I’m not sure I’d want to try to turn it into a ‘teachable moment’ either. Also, it’s probably a good thing that celebrities don’t always use their star-power to advocate for/voice their opinion on things, because a lot of the time they end up making spur-of-the-moment comments and saying really stupid things that can damage their images and/or the causes they’re talking about even more. As ‘not making this a male-centric issue,’ it needs to be more of one, because men need to have/show more responsibility in not raping people rather than the onus culturally being on women not getting raped.

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