The magnifying glass continues to edge in closer on Nate Parker as the public release of his film Birth of a Nation gets nearer. Speaking of such, the sister of Nate Parker's now deceased rape accuser is speaking out, and this time, she's calling out Parker for exploiting her sister and is even dragging his co-star Gabrielle Union into the mix. Meanwhile, Parker is making it clear that he doesn't feel guilty for what transpired.
In a guest column she penned for Variety, Parker's accuser's sister detailed the trauma her sister would feel if she were alive, knowing that the actor and his college roommate who also violated her at the time of the incident were successfully promoting this project, highlighting one particular angle.
"I can only imagine the pain she would be experiencing now to see Nate Parker promoting his new movie, The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote with Celestin," she wrote. "As her sister, the thing that pains me most of all is that in retelling the story of the Nat Turner slave revolt, they invented a rape scene. The rape of Turner's wife is used as a reason to justify Turner's rebellion... I find it creepy and perverse that Parker and Celestin would put a fictional rape at the center of their film, and that Parker would portray himself as a hero avenging that rape."
She even touched on Gabrielle Union's piece defending the film, saying, "I have read the piece by Gabrielle Union, a rape survivor who co-stars in the film, in which she argues that the film should be used as an opportunity to reflect on sexual violence. That would allow my sister to be exploited all over again, and it sickens me."
In the midst of all the controversy, Nate Parker sat down for an interview with Deadline and touched on the hot topic, making a very brave revelation.
When asked if he feels guilty about anything that happened that night, he simply said, "I don't feel guilty."
"I was falsely accused... I went to court... I was vindicated," he continued. "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."
When it comes to his morality being questioned, he had a little more to say.
"As a Christian man? Just being in that situation, yeah, sure," he said. "I'm 36 years old right now, and my faith is very important to me. So looking back through that lens, I definitely feel like it's not the lens that I had when I was 19."
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