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Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst files libel suit over rape claim

Musician Conor Oberst filed a $1 million libel lawsuit yesterday against a woman who accused him of raping her in the comments section of a blog, the AP reports.

The suit, filed in Manhattan, stems from an XOJane story in December called It Happened to Me: I Dated a Famous Rock Star & All I Got Was Punched in the Face; the woman Oberst is suing posted an anonymous comment on the story claiming that she had been raped by a musician ten years prior in North Carolina, when she was 16. She later claimed that it was Oberst, best known for his work as Bright Eyes, as well as Desaparecidos and the indie supergroup Monsters of Folk.

Oberst is reportedly seeking $1 million in damages over the accusation, which his publicist said was “absolutely, unequivocally false” in a statement. (Oberst says he intends to give the money to charity.) Read the full statement below: 

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