It was previously reported, Nate Parker won’t issue an apology for his role in his 1999 rape case in his first television appearance since the scandal that may have upended the Oscar race first emerged. Click Here to if you missed that.
Nate says during the show…
“But, you know, at some point I have to say it,” he went on, choking up. “You know, I was falsely accused. You know, I went to court. And I sat in trial. You know, I was vindicated. I was proven innocent. I was vindicated. And I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here. You know, I feel terrible that, you know, her family had to deal with that. But as I sit here, an apology is — no.”
While Parker was acquitted in the 2001 trial, Celestin was convicted of sexual assault. The charge was overturned four years later by a Superior Court judge, and never went to retrial because witnesses had moved away. Parker said he was surprised by the criticism he had received for continuing to associate with Celestin.
“The reality is Jean went to jail for something he did not do,” he said. “So when it came time to write this story I said, ‘Well, you want to help with this?’”
Parker also addressed the fact that “Birth of a Nation,” the story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, takes fictional liberties.
“There’s never been a film that was 100% historically accurate,” he said. “That’s why they say based on a true story and doesn’t say, ‘A true story.’”
Watch the full interview Here
In similar news the victim’s brother speaks out in a guest story on Variety site.
My sister was raped 60 days after her 18th birthday. She was a freshman at Penn State University. The defendants charged in the case, Nate Parker and Jean Celestin, were on the wrestling team and had the power of the Penn State Athletic Department behind them.
She was harassed and hounded, and ended up dropping out. She had just aged out of the foster care system, so it was a big deal for her to go to college. She had a chance at a brand new life, but that was stolen from her.
Two years later, she went through the ordeal of testifying. She endured cross-examination by two high-priced lawyers who attacked her character and her background. Ultimately Parker was acquitted. Celestin was found guilty, but the case was later overturned on appeal.