filed a libel lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday stating he was defamed by a fan who wrote online posts stating she was sexually assaulted by the songwriter in 2003.
According to the Associated Press, Oberst’s attorney filed the lawsuit based on claims made in the comment section of an XOJane.com article “It Happened To Me: I Dated a Famous Rockstar & All I Got Was Punched in the Face,” which was written last December. She said Oberst assaulted her a decade ago after Oberst’s brother—her middle school English teacher—introduced the two at a show in North Carolina.
The lawsuit said the media coverage resulting from the posts has damaged Oberst’s music career and that the woman made “despicable, false, outrageous, and defamatory statements” about him.
Oberst said he’d never met her and that she’d written positive things about Oberst and Bright Eyes on social media in the past decade—as recently as January 2013.
According to TMZ, he’s suing for more than $1 million in damages. In his statement, Oberst said all proceeds from the lawsuit will go to charities for victims of domestic violence.
Here’s a copy of the statement released by Oberst’s publicist:
Oberst’s new solo album, Upside Down Mountain, is set for a May release.