Omaha Musician Sues Woman, Says Rape Accusation Is False

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Omaha native Conor Oberst has filed a lawsuit claiming he was libeled by a woman who wrote in online posts that she was sexually assaulted by the singer-songwriter.

An attorney for Oberst filed the civil lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in New York. The suit claims the woman behind the accusations was a liar who made "despicable, false, outrageous and defamatory statements" about Oberst last December.

The lawsuit says the woman posted accusations that Oberst raped her a decade ago in North Carolina after his brother, her middle school English teacher, introduced the two at an Oberst show. The lawsuit says she also claimed the 34-year-old Oberst punched her in the face and that she was 16 at the time.

Oberst, best known for his work with Bright Eyes, is seeking monetary damages, attorney fees and other costs.


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