Director Nate Parker Claims Rape Charges Are False
Birth Of A Nation director Nate Parker found himself in a hotbed of controversy after accusations that he and a fellow student at Pennsylvania State University raped a student began to surface. In an upcoming interview, Parker says he was “falsely accused” of rape and has no intentions of apologizing for what happened in 1999.
As reported exclusively by the Associated Press, Parker sat down with CBS’ 60 Minutes program and was interviewed by Anderson Cooper for the segment. The AP was able to view the taped interview ahead of its airing this coming Sunday, and the most explosive takeaway was Parker denying any wrongdoing.
From the AP:
“I was falsely accused … I went to court … I was vindicated,” he says. “I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here … Her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is – no.”
In the interview, Anderson Cooper presses Parker on whether he did something morally wrong.
“As a Christian man … just being in that situation, yeah, sure,” says Parker. “I am 36 years old right now … my faith is very important to me … so looking back through that lens … it’s not the lens I had when I was 19 years old.”
Parker was a wrestler and sophomore at Penn State when he was accused of raping the now-deceased victim, who took her own life in 2012. Jean Celestin, who has a writing credit on Parker’s film, was the other student accused but he was later acquitted when the victim refused to testify at a later trial.
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