Conor Oberst has denied claims that his record label, Nonesuch Records, dropped him following the allegations of rape brought against the songwriter. Earlier this year, a woman named Joanie Faircloth accused Oberst of sexually assaulting her when she was 16, via the website xoJane.
“Conor hasn’t been dropped by Nonesuch. We have contacted TMZ to amend,” the songwriter’s publicist has told SPIN, in response to a story published by celebrity news site TMZ, which claims court documents detail how the singer lost his record deal following Faircloth’s allegations.
TMZ claim that new documents filed in the $1.2-million libel lawsuit that Oberst is now pursuing against Faircloth detail how the accusations diminished his record sales and led to his new label home, Nonesuch Records, cancelling a contract that was reportedly worth at least $200,000.
“Conor’s court filing doesn’t say he was dropped by his label. He has NOT been dropped by his label,” a rep for Oberst has since told Pitchfork. Meanwhile, TMZ are also claiming that Oberst is hopeful of receiving the full $1.2 million sought, after Faircloth failed to appear at a court date.
Oberst initially responded to Faircloth’s claims back in January via his publicist, who dismissed the allegations as “spurious blog chatter” and insisted that they were “absolutely, unequivocally false.” The publicist also stated that the singer-songwriter was consulting with a libel attorney.
Oberst filed the civil suit in a Manhattan federal court in February, claiming Faircloth is a reputed “pathological liar” with a “history of spinning tales and fabricating sexually themed stories about others to benefit herself,” who’d made “false, despicable… defamatory statements” against Oberst.
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