Correction: Music-Conor Oberst story

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FILE - In this July 29, 2012 file photo, Conor Oberst performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. A publicist for Oberst says the woman who accused the singer-songwriter of sexual assault in online postings has recanted her statements and apologized. Oberst, a popular singer-songwriter orginially from Omaha, Nebraska, filed a libel lawsuit against Joan Harris in federal court in February 2014 after Harris made her claims on a website last December and elsewhere that Oberst had raped her after a show in Durham, N.C., many years before. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, file)

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In a story Feb. 19 about Conor Oberst suing a woman who claimed the singer sexually assaulted her, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the woman accused Oberst of punching her in the face. The woman did not accuse Oberst of punching her in the face.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Conor Oberst files libel lawsuit over rape claim

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst files lawsuit saying he was libeled by rape claim

By CHRIS TALBOTT

AP Music Writer

Conor Oberst filed a lawsuit on Wednesday 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 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 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.

He says the media coverage that resulted from the three posts in the comments section of a blog has damaged his career, especially in New York where most of the major music publishing houses are headquartered. He says he was in the company of his brother, bandmates or then-girlfriend at the time of the claims. The suit also says the woman made positive social media comments about Oberst in the past decade.

According to the lawsuit, the woman said in the posts that she never reported the assault because of the way her own family and friends reacted to the accusations. She says she posted his name a decade later to help others and at the suggestion of her husband.

The attorney for Oberst did not return a message seeking comment.

The woman didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment sent through her social media account. It's not clear if she has an attorney.

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