After the accusations dragged for more than a year, Conor Oberst has now forgiven Joan Elizabeth Harris for wrongly accusing him of rape in the most public way possible. The accusations first hit the web on XO Jane before quickly spreading, and quickly cast a pall over Oberst’s subsequent album release (and life, family, and relationships).
Just this morning, Oberst accepted the apology of Harris, who declared that her original statements were indeed false.
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.