Back in December Conor Oberst hit the headlines when a woman claimed he had raped her 10 years ago: "Conor took a lot from me including my virginity, my dignity, and self-esteem." A lot has been said about the comments - Oberst's publicist called the accusations "absolutely, unequivocally false" - but not much has happened since then... until now.

According to TMZ, Oberst is suing the individual for defamation. Oberst has claimes he's never met her and that up until January 23rd 2013, the individual had been posting positive message about Oberst/Bright Eyes online.

The case is worth over $1 million. More information when we have it.

Upside Down Mountain, his new solo album that will be released on May 20th through Nonesuch Records.

Update: Oberst's team have published the following statement:

Today Conor Oberst filed a libel lawsuit in a New York federal court against Joanie Faircloth, a resident of North Carolina, who falsely accused him of rape in the comments section of the xoJane website in December of 2013 and again, some days later, on her Tumblr page. The suit counters Faircloth’s baseless allegations and states that Oberst never had any physical contact with her, either at the concert in Durham, NC at which she claims the attack took place, or at any other time. The only connection between Oberst and Faircloth was one of artist and fan – a fan who has posted laudatory comments about Oberst elsewhere online, including describing attending his band's concert as the "Best memory ever!"

The lawsuit filed today outlines Faircloth’s history of inventing stories and personalities online in order to gain attention. Although her false statements about Oberst have since been deleted from the locations where they were initially posted online, Oberst's suit alleges that her malicious lies spread across the Internet and are archived by multiple blogs. Through his attorneys, Oberst requested that Faircloth recant her false accusations, but she ignored the requests. Oberst has thus been forced to proceed with this libel suit in order to set the record straight and to clear his name.

Oberst is seeking to promote the truth and repair the distress this has brought upon him and his family. Oberst intends to donate the proceeds of this suit to charities benefitting the victims of violence against women.