Bright Eyes Frontman Accused of Rape

An anonymous blogger claims that Conor Oberst raped her on her 16th birthday before he was famous.

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Bright Eyes mainman Conor Oberst has spoken out against claims from an anonymous blogger that she was raped by him before he was famous.

Writing on theĀ XOJane blog, the author said that it was her 16th birthday when her English teacher introduced her to their brother, who she later revealed to be the 20-year-old Oberst. She claims that he raped her, but "no one believed me (he wasn't even that famous then)."

The post soon went viral on Tumblr, prompting Oberst to publish the following statement:

"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."

He continued: "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 is consulting with a libel attorney regarding this matter."

Oberst has said he will make no further comment at this time.

Would you believe an anonymous blog post with such serious allegations?

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    Women who lie about being raped are as bad as actual rapists.
    So much this. These women don't seem to realise that even being accused of rape, if it gets into public knowledge, stains you as a human being for the rest of your life. Even if it's not true, you're surrounded with that terrible stigma.
    Also adding it weakens legitimacy of actual rape victims by turning it into a boy who cried wolf scenario. It really just hurts everyone except usually the person making the false claim which sucks a ton.
    No one should be allowed to get away with assaulting someone. The same can be said about those who lie about being raped, I sincerely hope if she's lying she gets some sort of sentence.
    The sad thing is that even if he's proven innocent, this will stick with him for his entire life.
    that's bullshit. if you were raped, I highly doubt you would want EVERYONE to know.
    There's no way of knowing if it's true or not. However, the vast majority of rape accusations are not false.
    the girl is a damn liar! I feel sorry for the guy dealing with such a deranged bitch! I'm convinced there are no good girls out there, so i say **** them all! all they do is pull evil shit like this.