Nate Parker has been dominating the news since the media got a hold of the details of his 1999 rape case, although this information has been known for years.
As we previously reported, the victim committed suicide in 2012 — a fact Parker claims he just found out yesterday. The Birth of a Nation actor and director wrote a lengthy Facebook post apologizing to the family of his accuser (while still maintaining his innocence), but the family isn't having it. They gave a blistering statement to the New York Times last night, blasting the filmmaker and accusing him of destroying the young woman's life.
In a statement to The New York Times, the woman’s family said: “We appreciate that after all this time, these men are being held accountable for their actions. However, we are dubious of the underlying motivations that bring this to present light after 17 years, and we will not take part in stoking its coals. While we cannot protect the victim from this media storm, we can do our best to protect her son. For that reason, we ask for privacy for our family and do not wish to comment further.”
But the woman’s sister, Sharon Loeffler, said not everyone in the family feels that way. “I know what she would’ve said,” Ms. Loeffler said, “and that would be, ‘I fought long and hard, it overcame me. All I can ask is any other victims to come forward, and not let this kind of tolerance to go on anymore.’”
Loeffler said her sister had believed there were other victims, and that she had been broken by the 1999 case and its aftermath. “These guys sucked the soul and life out of her.”
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