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Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker Discusses College Rape Trial

Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker Discusses College Rape Trial

Nate Parker – the star, director, writer, and producer of the highly anticipated movie The Birth of a Nation – is opening up about being put on trial for rape while he was in college.

The 36-year-old actor and his Penn State University roommate Jean Celestin, who co-wrote the story for the upcoming movie, were charged with raping a female student in their apartment.

“Seventeen years ago, I experienced a very painful moment in my life,” Nate told Variety. “It resulted in it being litigated. I was cleared of it. That’s that. Seventeen years later, I’m a filmmaker. I have a family. I have five beautiful daughters. I have a lovely wife. I get it. The reality is… I can’t relive 17 years ago. All I can do is be the best man I can be now.”

Nate said that he had consensual sex with the accuser, but she says she was unconscious and did not consent to sex with either man. He was eventually acquitted, but Jean was sentenced to six months in prison. When he appealed the sentence, the accuser did not want to testify again, so the case was thrown out.

“My life will be examined and put under the microscope in ways that it never has,” Nate said about being put in the spotlight. “There are numerous things that are surfacing. But I’ve always been an open book. I’m an advocate of justice. I’m an older man. I’ve matured a lot. I’ve had many obstacles in my life. I grew up very poor. My father passed away. There are so many things that happened. At the same time, I am the man that I am. I am open to the scrutiny. I will never hide anything from my past.”

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  • HG

    Rape trials are messy, complex, and traumatizing. We will never know what really happened, but I hope to God that he’s telling the truth. He’s a talented guy, but I could never support someone if he committed something like that.

  • HG

    Rape trials are messy, complex, and traumatizing. We will never know what really happened, but I hope to God that he’s telling the truth. He’s a talented guy, but I could never support someone if he committed something like that.

  • HG

    Rape trials are messy, complex, and traumatizing. We will never know what really happened, but I hope to God that he’s telling the truth. He’s a talented guy, but I could never support someone if he committed something like that.

  • LindSAY

    I feel the same way.

  • LindSAY

    I feel the same way.

  • LindSAY

    I feel the same way.

  • Sara

    The fact that a black man was acquitted of rape means he didnt do it. White women have a history of lying on black men.

  • Liz

    When a black man is approached by a white woman, he should immediately walk away. It’s only going to cause drama.

  • plez

    The same bs is said about black women. It’s hard enough stop trying to separate women who are fighting to defend themselves against rape.

  • Christinejgonzalez1

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  • stargazeman

    Even if he “didn do nuffn” in a court of law—Who and their homey, tag teams a woman, drunk or sober? Scumbags, thats who., like these two. Privileged jock, just like the Vanderbilt Football players now going to prison for the SAME thing—only this scumbag gets to lecture the rest of us on how “good” he is now. Sorry, I dont buy it—I ran with some questionable boys along the way of life never once did we say “lets tag team a woman”…where you learn that stuff, train pulling and all?…dude has 5 daughters to “splain all that” one day to. Piss on his movie.

  • blogdiz

    This is literally the stupidest thing I have seen on the internet and that takes some doing
    And I am saying this to you as a black woman

  • Legendary Trolly

    Shut up you moron with that black shit. I aint trynna hear no race mess, giving all blacks a bad name. All of us are not obsessed with race like you! You literally jumped in and created a mythical race issue in your little head!

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