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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 oxjane.com. 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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