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Nate Parker's Rape Accuser Died in 2012, Committed Suicide

Nate Parker's Rape Accuser Died in 2012, Committed Suicide

The woman who accused Nate Parker of rape over fifteen years ago died back in 2012 after she committed suicide, her brother confirmed to Variety.

Family members of the woman confirmed that she overdosed on sleeping pills.

“She became detached from reality,” the brother said. “The progression was very quick and she took her life… He may have litigated out of any kind of situation. My position is he got off on a technicality.”

While there is no evidence that the woman, whose wishes to remain anonymous have been granted by the media, committed suicide over the 2001 trial, her brother says she suffered from depression following the reported rape.

“If I were to look back at her very short life and point to one moment where I think she changed as a person, it was obviously that point,” he said. “The trial was pretty tough for her.”

Nate, the writer/director/star of the upcoming movie The Birth of a Nation, was acquitted of any charges associated with the trial and he spoke out about it for the first time just days ago.

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  • Will

    How horrible this happens to so many women.

  • Will

    How horrible this happens to so many women.

  • Robert

    Sad story.

    So disappointed in Parker.

  • Liz

    While he is promoting his movie for Oscars, he will have to go through what Pollanski has gone through for most of his career, answer for his actions. You can’t escape the past.

  • HG

    This is so disturbing. Yes, he didn’t get “officially charged” with rape, but the fact that the girl committed suicide means she went through some incredible trauma. And the fact that Penn State and the US in general like to protect their athletes doesn’t make this Parker’s situation look any better.

  • Ash

    this is so disgusting. I hope people will boycott his movies. I was reading that some people are disappointed but will continue to support him because he is one of the first black directors/screenwriters to get so much recognition. I think it’s like you’re peeing on her grave if you support him for that reason.

  • Gina

    This is disappointing.

  • Wendy

    I read he got off because the girl had said yes to him before, that’s why the other guy was the only one convicted. Not sure how saying yes in the past makes it okay to rape someone, poor girl had her life ruined and this man becomes an actor. I hope he gets blackballed.

  • meaghan

    the way the internet seems to be reacting to this (i.e. appropriately) is heartening, although I can’t help but feel like race does play a part in that. it’s sad to me that our society only seems to care about protecting women from men of color, while so many white men seem to get forgiven – even vehemently defended – when they commit the same or similar offenses. (and before anybody comes at me all heated I’m obviously not saying we should go easier on parker because he’s a black man; I’m saying that ALL men accused of rape/violence against women should face this much scrutiny and be held fully accountable for their actions, whether they’re acquitted or not tbh.)

  • Legendary Trolly

    Shut up idiot, his race has nothing to do with it!

  • meaghan

    obviously it does if it riled you up this much boo

  • Legendary Trolly

    It riled me up because Im tired of blacks making everything a race issue! STFU with that stoopidazz shiet!