It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid any online comments, especially if they appear in the notoriously batshit comments section of an xoJane article.
But when someone you don’t know falsely accuses you of raping her in, of all places, the comments section of an xoJane article, it’s probably pretty tough to ignore. This was the case in December 2013, when xoJane user Joanie Faircloth claimed that Bright Eyes frontman and emo hunk Conor Oberst raped her when she was just 16. The comments in question have since been deleted from the story on xoJane.
Mr. Oberst sued her for libel, and she’s now publicly apologized for making the false accusation.
“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.”
The apology speaks for itself. The only thing we’d add is that only a true troll would blame her own bad behavior on having a sick kid.
Mr. Oberst sued Ms. Faircloth for libel in February, BuzzFeed reports, but she hasn’t made any attempt to legally defend herself since then. She also hasn’t responded to his lawyers’ attempts to contact her, BuzzFeed reports.
Mr. Oberst is reportedly suing Ms. Faircloth for $1 million, which he plans to donate to a charity for victims of domestic abuse.