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Nate Parker Releases Statement on Rape Accuser's Suicide

Nate Parker Releases Statement on Rape Accuser's Suicide

Nate Parker has written a lengthy statement to express his “profound sorrow” over the news that the woman who accused him of rape committed suicide four years ago.

The 36-year-old The Birth of a Nation actor-writer-director was accused of raping a woman while in college at Penn State, but he was acquitted of the charges and he maintains his innocence today.

“These are my words. Written from my heart and not filtered through a third party gaze. Please read these separate from any platform I may have, but from me as a fellow human being,” Nate started his statement on his Facebook page. “I write to you all devastated…”

“Over the last several days, a part of my past – my arrest, trial and acquittal on charges of sexual assault – has become a focal point for media coverage, social media speculation and industry conversation. I understand why so many are concerned and rightfully have questions. These issues of a women’s right to be safe and of men and women engaging in healthy relationships are extremely important to talk about, however difficult. And more personally, as a father, a husband, a brother and man of deep faith, I understand how much confusion and pain this incident has had on so many, most importantly the young woman who was involved,” Nate continued. “I myself just learned that the young woman ended her own life several years ago and I am filled with profound sorrow…I can’t tell you how hard it is to hear this news. I can’t help but think of all the implications this has for her family.”

Click inside to read the rest of Nate Parker’s statement…

“I cannot- nor do I want to ignore the pain she endured during and following our trial. While I maintain my innocence that the encounter was unambiguously consensual, there are things more important than the law. There is morality; no one who calls himself a man of faith should even be in that situation. As a 36-year-old father of daughters and person of faith, I look back on that time as a teenager and can say without hesitation that I should have used more wisdom.

I look back on that time, my indignant attitude and my heartfelt mission to prove my innocence with eyes that are more wise with time. I see now that I may not have shown enough empathy even as I fought to clear my name. Empathy for the young woman and empathy for the seriousness of the situation I put myself and others in.

I cannot change what has happened. I cannot bring this young woman who was someone else’s daughter, someone’s sister and someone’s mother back to life…

I have changed so much since nineteen. I’ve grown and matured in so many ways and still have more learning and growth to do. I have tried to conduct myself in a way that honors my entire community – and will continue to do this to the best of my ability.

All of this said, I also know there are wounds that neither time nor words can heal.

I have never run from this period in my life and I never ever will. Please don’t take this as an attempt to solve this with a statement. I urge you only to take accept this letter as my response to the moment.

Nate “

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  • gradybridges

    Fuck him-he knew the girl was super drunk and raped her and invited his friend to do the same-Her B.A.L. was near .186

  • gradybridges

    Fuck him-he knew the girl was super drunk and raped her and invited his friend to do the same-Her B.A.L. was near .186

  • gradybridges

    Fuck him-he knew the girl was super drunk and raped her and invited his friend to do the same-Her B.A.L. was near .186

  • GroundControl500

    Boo hoo hoo. He and his fellow rap.ist can go straight to hell.

    Everything about them from back then til now screams “We are Sociopaths.”

    They don’t give a damn about her. They didn’t then and they don’t now.

  • GroundControl500

    Boo hoo hoo. He and his fellow rap.ist can go straight to hell.

    Everything about them from back then til now screams “We are Sociopaths.”

    They don’t give a damn about her. They didn’t then and they don’t now.

  • tom

    Rapist playing the race card.Give him the oscar.

  • Jen

    Ugh I hope this rapist’s film tanks….goodbye asshole

  • Roscoe

    He and his co-writer/co-rapist virtually raped that woman to death. Her brother said her mental health declined after the rape and I’m sure her on-campus harassment afterwards was the icing on the cake. Fox, release the crap to disc and on-demand and be done with it.

  • VanityInsecurity

    ppl need to not support him or his films. I can’t believe this piece of shit is still working & not behind bars.

  • quartzsoup

    As someone who had a loved one accused of rape, (and found not guilty through a trial with jurors), I have to wonder why a man who was acquitted, needs to even explain himself? Can’t wait for Birth of a Nation.

  • HG

    It’s Hollywood… :/ Same with people like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, etc. I know those are different situations, but they all have, at the very least, shady and suspicious pasts and yet they are still admired. So gross.

  • LL

    The difference being that it’s more difficult for people to resolve their feelings for established public figures vs. an up-and-coming actor/director. Not a lot of people know him yet, so it’ll be a lot easier to not support his films.

  • PB

    He’s a homophobic rapist in guise of a pro-black activist. Disgusting.

  • Dee

    so she killed herself because you didnt “show more empathy”…and you didnt address how ur buddy was convicted but you werent because you happened to have had a relationship with the woman (which is fucked up that that got you out of it). Fuck you Nate, I have written you off, and I’ll never see anything you are attached to, and i’ll make sure my family and friends do the same.

  • Dee

    …ok, where was race in this? cus i didnt see it.

  • VanityInsecurity

    agreed.

  • cutitout

    The question is, what came first, the mental illness or the rape allegations. Lets be honest, people have been brainwashed into believing that college is all about being wild, getting drunk, and experiencing everything and many find out to much dismay that they don’t have the stomach for it real quick, then there is the shame and regret. When everyone is willingly drunk, whose is more to blame for what happens? You can’t have it both ways and say a woman can’t consent if she is drunk but then say a man is culpable when they both got drunk together.

  • Visitor

    After his acquittal, he and his friend tormented the young woman on campus, calling her names. She subsequently dropped out of school. She had numerous suicide attempts before eventually killing herself.

    He was acquitted because he had intimate relations with her PRIOR to incident of the case. Just disappointed.

  • toastie postie

    Never has shown remorse. Just a moment in time for him. He wants to move on. Too bad the woman didn’t see it as just a moment in her youth. She couldn’t move on. Now being victimized again, even though she has passed away.
    Scum – it’s all about him. Horrible to not only do what he did, but actually think it was cool to invite friends. Then to afterwards, make this fragile person’s life a living hell. I’m totally disgusted with people who say, “That’s what she gets for getting drunk.” Especially when it spewed by females.

    I don’t need to see the movie that much, that I would be giving money to this scumbag and the studio. Sure they are behind him on this – it’s money that is most important to them, not justice.

  • tom

    his stupid little movie

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