Last year, a North Carolina woman accused singer-songwriter Conor Oberst of raping her after a 2003 concert. She made the claims against the
Today, however, the woman -- Joan Elizabeth Harris, who made her claims under the pseudonym Joanie Faircloth -- has retracted her allegations and apologized.
In a public notarized statement issued Monday, she 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."
Oberst had repeatedly denied all the accusations. At the time of their initial publication, Oberst's reps said that the accusations were "absolutely, unequivocally false.... This is a particularly serious and sickening allegation, and there is no truth to it."