Nate Parker Won't Apologize for Rape Allegations: "I Was Falsely Accused"

The sister of his alleged victim begs to differ.

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After shutting down a reporter (opens in new tab) who asked why he hasn't apologized to the family of his alleged sexual assault victim, Nate Parker is speaking up. In a 60 Minutes sneak peek, the Birth of a Nation actor/director/writer tells Anderson Cooper that he has nothing to apologize for, and said he doesn't feel any guilt.

"I don't feel guilty," Parker said, before being asked if he did something morally wrong. "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. You know, so looking back through that lens, I definitely feel like it's not the lens that I had when I was 19 years old."

Parker was acquitted after being accused of sexual assault by his classmate at Penn State. His roommate and Birth of a Nation co-writer Jean Celestin was found guilty, but the conviction was appealed and overturned. The woman who accused them of assault commited suicide in 2012.

"I was falsely accused…I went to court…I was vindicated," Parker continued (opens in new tab). "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."

Speaking of the alleged victim's family, her sister Sharon Loeffler wrote an open letter in Variety (opens in new tab), expressing concern over the fact that The Birth of a Nation has a rape scene in it:

Read Loeffler's full essay here (opens in new tab).

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.