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Nate Parker Says He Wasn't Empathetic in Previous Comments About His Rape Accuser

Nate Parker Says He Wasn't Empathetic in Previous Comments About His Rape Accuser

Nate Parker has given an in-depth interview about being put on trial for rape accusations and how his previous comments about the case and his accuser were not empathetic.

The 36-year-old The Birth of a Nation star and director was accused of rape back in 1999 and he was acquitted of the charges. The case resurfaced recently and he released a statement about it, but then a few days later it was revealed that his accuser had committed suicide several years ago.

“This is hard; I’ve been trying to figure out how to say this. Not everyone has the best intentions. I thought I was giving the interview, at the time of those two interviews — and one really just bit off the other — I didn’t know the status of the women,” Nate told Ebony. “I didn’t know. I was acting as if I was the victim, and that’s wrong. I was acting as if I was the victim because I felt like, my only thought was I’m innocent and everyone needs to know. I didn’t even think for a second about her, not even for a second.”

“You asked me why I wasn’t empathetic? Why didn’t it come off more empathetic? Because I wasn’t being empathetic. Why didn’t it come off more contrite? Because I wasn’t being contrite. Maybe I was being even arrogant. And learning about her passing shook me, it really did. It really shook me,” he added.

Throughout the lengthy interview, Nate talks about his views on being called a rapist, his idea of consent, and more. At one point he was asked if he has thought about his accuser and the incident at all over the last 17 years. “No, I had not. I hadn’t thought about it at all,” he replied.

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  • HG

    No matter how many times he apologizes or tries to correct himself, I still don’t think I could ever support him. He may not have been “legally charged” with rape, but the fact that this girl went through enough trauma to kill herself says something. When you sleep with a girl who is intoxicated and invite other guys to join, that is just wrong. And when you and your friends decide to harass and humiliate after the fact, that’s just sickening.

  • VanityInsecurity

    No words can describe how ugly this man is, to his core.

  • SquidBillie

    He also apparently harassed her after he was arrested

  • Will

    He hasn’t thought about the victim in 17 years I don’t even know what to say about that, how many others has he not thought about? this guy is sickening.

  • Ash

    Yes, exactly!

  • tom

    Nate Rapist just disappear and take your shitty movie with you.

  • J2020

    To me, and of course I can be wrong… he only want the oscar. It sound that Fox Searchlight has forced him to do that.
    He should apologize for the haras too.

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  • PB

    I would not call his PR speech an apology. He hardly mentioned the victim, or addressed directly to her poor family. It was always “I was like…”, “I felt”, or “what I did”. His speeches serve self interests only. I doubt he would be bothered to comment if his movie wasn’t coming out.

  • HG

    Very true. It seems like everything he says is all about him. He seems so arrogant and full of himself…

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