Conor Oberst, the 37-year old singer-songwriter best known for fronting Bright Eyes, has opened up about the death of his brother and a false accusation of rape in a recent interview with Noisey.
Back in 2014, an unknown fan commented on an online forum claiming that Oberst had inappropriate relations with her that had been categorized under the notion of rape.
While the anonymous face (who was discovered to be North Carolina resident Joanie Faircloth) later admitted to falsely accusing the indie rock artist, Oberst told journalist Dan Ozzi that the incident held an unusual and eerie impact on him for some time.
“When something like that—something random and terrible—happens to you, it’s like… At this point I equate it to getting in a car crash or getting struck by f**king lightning,” he said. “I don’t feel like there’s ever complete closure to something like that in the sense that you carry the psychological things with you. But everyone has some or many things like that in their life, maybe not that public or extreme. It’s one of those things where you’ve just got to go on with life.”
He continued: “It’s such a tricky topic for me because I don’t ever want to minimize how much that happens to women all the fucking time,” he says. “They say one in four women will experience some kind of sexual assault in their life which is fucking insane and heartbreaking. So as painful and surreal and fucked up as my situation was, I don’t ever want to use this as an example to justify anything.”
Oberst dropped the case against the woman after she issued a public apology stating the accusations were, in fact, “100% false.”