Oh, blessed day!
Back to the drawing board, Drumpster!
This is heartbreaking.
According to Variety, the woman who accused Nate Parker of rape in 1999 killed herself four years ago. The woman's brother who is identified as "Johnny" confirmed the news on Tuesday.
For those unaware of the backstory, the alleged victim accused Nate and his roommate Jean Celestin of raping her when they were students at Penn State.
The student claimed the pair, who went on to direct and write The Birth of a Nation, sexually assaulted her when she was incoherent after a night of heavy drinking. After the woman reported the incident, she alleged the duo harassed and stalked her to the point that she was "afraid for her life."
Unfortunately, Nate was tried for the crime in 2001 but he was ultimately acquitted after he testified to having sex with the victim prior to the night in question. Since the two had carried on a "consensual" relationship before the incident, jurors decided to let him off the hook.
In 2005, Mr. Celestin appealed the verdict and he was granted a new trial. However, the second trial never made it to court because the victim didn't want to go through testifying again.
Thirteen years after the alleged rapes, the woman purposefully overdosed on pills. She was just 30-years-old.
According to the deceased's sibling, the grueling trials against Nate and Jean might have led to her death:
"She became detached from reality. The progression was very quick and she took her life."
The woman's brother went on to reveal how his sister was an outgoing and dedicated student before the alleged rapes.
"If I were to look back at her very short life and point to one moment where I think she changed as a person, it was obviously that point. The trial was pretty tough for her."
How awful. There truly are no words.
To make matters even worse, Johnny believes his sister's alleged rapists would have been convicted if the trial had been held today:
"I think by today's legal standards, a lot has changed with regards to universities and the laws in sexual assault. I feel certain if this were to happen in 2016, the outcome would be different than it was. Courts are a lot stricter about this kind of things. You don't touch someone who is so intoxicated–period."
As for Nate himself, he has yet to speak out on the tragic revelation.
While the director might have chosen to stay silent, the victim's brother will not keep quiet:
"His character should be under a microscope because of this incident. If you removed these two people, the project is commendable. But there's a moral and ethical stance you would expect from someone with regard to this movie… I don't think a rapist should be celebrated. It's really a cultural decision we're making as a society to go to the theater and speak with our dollars and reward a sexual predator."
What a heavy situation. Our thoughts are with Johnny and his family during this difficult time.
[Image via WENN.]