Mel Gibson, who has been through his fair share of scandal throughout his career, is speaking out to defend another actor/director caught up in a recent controversy: Nate Parker.
The director and star of The Birth of a Nation was accused of rape back in the late 1990s and he was found not guilty. When the case resurfaced this summer, it overshadowed his movie and seemingly has ruined its chances this awards season.
Mel has made racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic comments throughout the years and he has also been accused of spousal abuse.
“I don’t think it’s fair. He was cleared of all that stuff. And it was years ago. You have to follow the system there,” Mel told The Guardian.
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Birth of a Nation‘s Nate Parker has been accused of exposing himself to a female student trainer during his time Penn State University. Nate was on the wrestling team, and this young woman served as a trainer at the time.
The 36-year-old actor’s alleged exposure was revealed while the state attorney general’s was investigating the school’s past football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was involved in sexual abuse of children.
“I was shaken,” the accuser told the New York Times. “I was crying.” She told the paper that Nate gave her unwanted attention while she worked with the wrestling team. She did report the incident to the athletic department, but decided not to press charges. “It was my decision not to report,” she said.
“This is the first Mr. Parker has ever heard of this,” Nate’s lawyer David J. Matlof told the publication. “He recognizes the seriousness of the issue, but this claim is completely untrue.”
The buzzworthy new film The Birth of a Nation has been boycotted by many people after its star and director Nate Parker‘s rape case resurfaced. Now, co-star Gabrielle Union says she supports the boycotters.
“Every victim or survivor, I believe you. I support you. I support you if you don’t want to see the film. I absolutely understand and respect that. I can’t sell the film,” Gabrielle said.
Pictured inside: Nate, Gabrielle, Armie Hammer (with wife Elizabeth), and Chike Okonkwo at the premiere held during the BFI London Film Festival on Tuesday (October 11) at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England.
FYI: Gabrielle is wearing a Zuhair Murad gown and Pasquale Bruni jewelry.
The 36-year-old Birth of a Nation director expressed regret about the night he was accused of rape and how he wants to use this tragedy to raise awareness for sexual violence.
“Even outside of this tragic situation, I have so much empathy and even regret for that night. Man, you want to talk about erasing something? …Looking at myself [back then], the ideas of what I thought made a man aren’t the same as the ideas in my mind right now,” he explained.
Nate later added that hearing that his accuser had committed suicide “shocked my soul. To hear that news — I wasn’t prepared for it. I thought maybe she’d pop up once [the accusations] resurfaced. When this happened, and I spoke to it, it was insensitive. I caught a lot of flak for it, for being indignant and saying, ‘I’m innocent. I was falsely accused so that’s that!’ — not realizing that, one, there should be empathy for any woman. It was devastating to hear that I, at any point, had a connection with someone that felt like it was time for them to take their own life.”
Nate also expressed that he wishes to use this new platform for good, explaining, “We need to talk about something that is epidemic in America that no one’s talking about. If my film or if this moment has to be something that puts our eyes and the spotlight on it, then so be it — and that is sexual violence against women by men in this country. What I’ve learned in going through all this is there are so many survivors that you would never even know.”
Hear all that Nate had to say in the interview below…
Nate Parker sits down for his interview on Good Morning America on Monday (October 3) in New York City.
The 36-year-old The Birth of a Nation actor/director/writer was asked about being accused of rape and he said he wants to move past the allegation. Nate was asked by host Robin Roberts if he would apologize.
“I’m not going to go through,” Nate said. “I said it last night: I was falsely accused, I was proven innocent, and I’m not going to apologize for that. I feel terribly about that situation, but at some point, we’ve got to ask ourselves, like, is this a film that is important to us?”