Conor Oberst files libel lawsuit over rape claim

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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 a Manhattan federal court. The suit claims the woman behind the accusations was a liar who made "despicable, false, outrageous, and defamatory statements" about Oberst last December.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they were sexually assaulted.

Oberst's 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 Oberst punched her in the face and that she was 16 at the time.

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

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