Nate Parker Says He Won't Apologize For 1999 Rape Case
"I don't feel guilty."
The controversy surrounding actor/director Nate Parker continues.
Both Parker and his Birth of a Nation co-writer Jean Celestin were accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student during their time as students at Penn State in the late 90s; Celestin was convicted and later won an appeal, while Parker was acquitted in 2001.
The case resurfaced in August, when Variety reported that the woman who accused Parker and Celestin committed suicide in 2012. Her family feels it was a direct result of the trauma she suffered during that time period. Her sister even wrote a powerful op-ed on the subject for Variety.
In an upcoming 60 Minutes special, Parker sits down with Anderson Cooper for his first televised interview since the 1999 rape case was first uncovered last month.
During the clip released by CBS, Cooper asks Parker if he feels guilty for what happened that night. Parker responds, saying, "I don't feel guilty."
Cooper continues, asking if Parker felt he had done something "morally wrong," and the director replies, "As a Christian man, just being in that situation, yeah, sure. I'm 36 years old right now, and my faith is very important to me. So looking back at that lens, I definitely feel like, it's not the lens I had when I was 19 years old."
“I was falsely accused...I went to court...I was vindicated,” he says, “I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here...her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is -- no.”
The full interview will air this Sunday night on CBS.
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