This all started with an anonymous commenter, who accused Conor Oberst of raping her 10 years ago. The extremely serious comment was posted in response to an xoJane article titled “It Happened To Me: I Dated A Famous Rock Star & All I Got Was Punched In The Face“. The comment was subsequently posted to Tumblr and now has thousands of notes, although the original Tumblr post has been deleted.
Conor Oberst’s team obviously couldn’t sweep this under the rug, so they released a statement via AbsolutePunk:
“Usually we wouldn’t feel the urge to comment on spurious blog chatter but the recent allegations made about Conor Oberst by an anonymous commenter on the xoJane website are flagrant enough to demand our response. This individual’s accusations are absolutely, unequivocally false. Unfortunately, the internet allows for groundless statements like this to travel the world before the truth has any time to surface. This is a particularly serious and sickening allegation and there is no truth to it. Conor has nothing but abhorrence for the perpetrators of such crimes of sexual violence. The behavior attributed to him by this individual is in direct opposition to his principles. Conor is consulting with a libel attorney regarding this matter.”
More as it develops.