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Gabrielle Union Supports Boycotters of 'Birth of a Nation'

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.

The actress, who is a sexual assault survivor, opens up in the new issue of Essence about the case.

“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.

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Nate Parker Wants to Use His Platform to Raise Awareness For Sexual Violence

Nate Parker opened up about his resurfaced rape allegations while making an appearance on the Steve Harvey show on Wednesday (October 5).

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 Won't Apologize for Being Accused of Rape

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?”

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Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, & More Premiere 'Birth of a Nation' in Hollywood

Nate Parker looks dapper while arriving on the red carpet for his new movie Birth of a Nation on Wednesday night (September 21) in Hollywood, Calif.

The 36-year-old actor and director of the film was joined at the premiere by co-stars Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer & his wife Elizabeth Chambers, and Aja Naomi King.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gabrielle Union

Also at the premiere were Penelope Ann Miller, Chike Okonkwo, and Jesse Williams.

Birth of a Nation is set to hit theaters on October 7.

FYI: Aja is wearing a Huishan Zhang dress. Gabrielle is wearing Rodarte with Schutz shoes.

15+ pictures inside of stars arriving at the movie premiere… More Here! »


Nate Parker's 'Birth of a Nation' Gets Standing Ovation at TIFF!

Nate Parker flashes a smile while attending the premiere of his movie The Birth of a Nation held during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on Friday night (September 9) at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

The 36-year-old actor/writer/director was joined at the event by co-stars Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer (with pregnant wife Elizabeth), Colman Domingo, and Penelope Ann Miller, among others.

The movie received a standing ovation and a warm reception from the audience despite all of the controversy surrounding the film due to Nate‘s resurfaced rape trial.

FYI: Gabrielle is wearing a Boss dress and sandals with jewelry by Tiffany & Co. Aja is wearing an Emanuel Ungaro dress with Jerome C. Rousseau sandals. Armie is wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo blazer, pants, shirt, and tie.

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Gabrielle Union Writes Op-Ed Article About Nate Parker's Rape Allegations

Gabrielle Union has written an open letter about the resurfaced rape allegations against her The Birth of a Nation co-star Nate Parker.

The 43-year-old actress plays a rape victim in the upcoming film, written and directed by Nate, and she is also a survivor of sexual assault in real life.

“Since Nate Parker’s story was revealed to me, I have found myself in a state of stomach-churning confusion. I took this role because I related to the experience,” Gabrielle wrote in the letter published by the Los Angeles Times. “I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film. In her silence, she represents countless black women who have been and continue to be violated. Women without a voice, without power. Women in general. But black women in particular. I knew I could walk out of our movie and speak to the audience about what it feels like to be a survivor.”

“As important and ground-breaking as this film is, I cannot take these allegations lightly. On that night, 17-odd years ago, did Nate have his date’s consent?” she continued. “It’s very possible he thought he did. Yet by his own admission he did not have verbal affirmation; and even if she never said ‘no,’ silence certainly does not equal “yes.” Although it’s often difficult to read and understand body language, the fact that some individuals interpret the absence of a ‘no’ as a ‘yes’ is problematic at least, criminal at worst. That’s why education on this issue is so vital.”

Gabrielle went on to write that she and her husband Dwyane Wade are cognizant of their responsibility of raising their sons and speaking to them about the “boundaries between the sexes.”

“To that end, we are making an effort to teach our sons about affirmative consent. We explain that the onus is on them to explicitly ask if their partner consents. And we tell them that a shrug or a smile or a sigh won’t suffice. They have to hear ‘yes,’” she wrote.

Go to to read the full piece.

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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