Joanie Faircloth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Joanie Faircloth is the woman who claimed Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst raped her after a show in 2003 when she was 16 years old.

Oberst hit back at Faircloth in February 2014, suing her for defamation, and then further claimed in early July 2014 that her accusations ruined his career and cost him $200,000.

On July 14, 2014, Obert’s representatives released a statement that includes an apology from Faircloth, who now admits her claims were false and that Oberst never raped her:

The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.

Here’s what you need to know about Faircloth and her accusations:

1. Calling Her a Deranged Fan, Oberst Is Suing Her for $1.2 Million

Joanie Faircloth Conor Oberst Bright Eyes Rape Claim 2003, Bright Eyes Rape Law Suit


In Oberst’s defamation suit against Faircloth, which seeks $1.2 million in damages, the singer refutes her claims, saying she’s nothing more than an obsessed fan.

In July 2014, TMZ reported that Oberst claims Faircloth’s story cost him $200,000 when his label “86’ed him.”

Spin clarifies that Oberst was not dropped by his label, Nonesuch. TMZ later corrected its report to say that Oberst’s publishing company, not his label, pulled a $200,000 payment tied to his latest album.

2. Faircloth Claimed Oberst Took Her Virginity & Her Self-Esteem

The allegations first appeared in a comment Faircloth left on an XOJane article in December 2013 and days later on her now-deleted Tumblr.

She wrote, “Conor took a lot from me including my virginity, my dignity, and my self-esteem.” She went on to say that after a 2003 show in Durham, North Carolina, she was backstage when Oberst came on to her and raped her after she told him that she was a virgin.

3. Faircloth Was a Huge Fan of Conor

On her Facebook page, Faircloth lists Bright Eyes as one of her favorite bands. Also in a post, she references that seeing Conor Oberst in concert was her greatest memories.

4. Faircloth Has an Ill Child

Faircloth’s son is very sick and requires frequent treatment, according to her Facebook posts. On her social media profile, she says that her son, Alex, is autistic and suffers from kidney disease. Faircloth regularly checks in at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center in North Carolina. On February 3, she posted this:

On November 16, 2013, a month before her claims against Oberst, Faircloth posted this video about her son’s ordeal, describing him as a 3-year-old suffering from the kidney disease FSGS:

5. She’s Married & Living in North Carolina

Faircloth is Joanie’s married name. Her husband is named Brian Faircloth. They live in Roxboro, North Carolina, but she’s originally from Durham, North Carolina. The couple were married in April 2010.

In addition to her fandom of Conor Oberst, she likes a variety of music from Tool to Justin Bieber.


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My ex is best friends with this loser. To all who care leave Alex out of it bc he is a sick child due to no ones fault. According to this loser she was forced to sign papers agreeing to never talk about the lawsuits again. But that didn’t stop her she talks about it all the time saying she was force to say that the rape never happened in order to have the lawsuit dropped. She also told me and my ex that it is sad that she was raped and then forced to say that she wasn’t. She does have twins a boy and a girl that she has nothing to do with. She lives to be in drama and keep it going. She had several times tried to cause me and my ex to split up even went as far as talking her in to getting her iud took out and getting pregnant with out telling me anything about it wanting her to get pregnant and leave me and they would raise the baby together. Her husband makes great money at his job working on cell towers that spends on clothes and other things at the mall instead of paying there bills while he spends weeks at the time working out of town to give her a good life. She tried saying at first that someone made a fake profile and made all these post bc they were mad at her. If that’s the case how we’re all these fake profiles linked to her real Facebook. She needs help and to get a life. I only wish I knew where to report the fact that she is saying she was forced into saying it didn’t happen and saying she was forced to sign a gag order to not talk about being forced into saying it didn’t happen.


Feel sorry for her kid, this woman is a psycho, this “sick kid” angle is just another ploy for attention too. Textbook munchausen by proxy candidate.


Absolutely. And when you see press coverage of her admission, most articles will only have Oberst’s image. She needs to be outed as the criminal loser she is, and needs to be criticized for hiding behind her (supposedly) sick kid. Is her kid actually sick? We only have the word of a sworn liar.

Leia Laylo Howard Watson

I know Joanie & use to hang out with her when I was best friends with her sister. She never seemed crazy but in 2013 a friend of mine lost her baby boy and Joanie collected money from people of the community to buy t-shirts to support the mother who lost her son. She never had t-shirts made & she kept all the money. She really is a sick person.

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