Bright Eyes' frontman and folk rock veteran Conor Oberst was in an uncomfortable position last February.

Gossip column kings TMZ originally reported the story, in which Oberst filed suit against Joanie Faircloth for defamation. Faircloth, a reported fan of Oberst's music, claimed that Oberst allegedly raped her in 2003 at a North Carolina show when she was 16-years old. She originally told the story in the comment section of XOjane in December 2013.

In the comments, Faircloth wrote, "Conor took a lot from me including my virginity, my dignity, and self-esteem."

The accusations caught fire, and Oberst and his representatives sued Faircloth for $1.2 million, who has yet to appear at court hearings.

TMZ also reported that the accusations caused Oberst's record sales to "tank" and that it "led to his label 86'ing him," i.e., dropping him. Oberst's representatives fired back at the report, claiming, "Conor's court filing doesn't say he was dropped by his label. He has NOT been dropped by his label [Nonesuch]."

Read the original statement from Oberst's lawyers, issued February 20th, 2014:

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.