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 the 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?