Conor Oberst accuser recants rape accusation

Conor Oberst, with the band Dawes, performs at the 2014 Hangout Music Festival (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

A woman who accused singer Conor Oberst of raping her when she was a teenager a decade ago now says she made the story up.

Joan Faircloth sent a notarized statement to Oberst's lawyer Monday recanting what she wrote online in December. She wrote that she made up the lies for attention while going through a difficult period in her life and trying to cope with her son's illness.

Faircloth's story was first published on the website She wrote that she was introduced to Oberst at a concert when she was 16 and he was in his 20s.

Oberst filed a defamation lawsuit against Faircloth in February. Court records show faircloth never responded to Oberst's lawsuit, which called her a "pathological liar" and asked for at least $1 million in damages.

A judge issued a default judgment in Oberst's favor earlier this month.
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