Conor Oberst calls online rape allegations ‘flagrant… absolutely, unequivocally false’

Conor Oberst (Photo by Alyssa Schukar/The World-Herald)

I don’t know where to begin other than to tell the story: An anonymous commenter on an xojane.com article told a story from a decade ago about being raped backstage at a concert when she was 16 and the “rock star” was in his 20s.

She said it was Conor Oberst.

The story has since gone viral on Tumblr causing the Bright Eyes/Desparecidos frontman to respond to the accusations through his publicist. He’s serious enough about it to pursue a libel attorney:

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.

The commenter, who still remains anonymous, created her own Tumblr account to talk more about her story, but the blog has since been deleted. You can read a copy of her post here.

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