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Birth Of A Nation Star Nate Parker Says He WON'T Apologize For Being 'Falsely Accused' Of Rape On GMA! Watch!

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Nate Parker wants to change the conversation.

The director's film The Birth of a Nation may be hitting theaters this weekend, but the buzz surrounding his period drama about a slave rebellion has been overshadowed by sexual assault allegations from his college days.

The actor, along with Nation co-writer Jean Celestin, were accused of raping a fellow classmate while studying at Penn State University in 1999. Parker ended up being acquitted; Celestin was found guilty, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.

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While both men have always maintained the sex was consensual, the scandal saw new light when the sister of the accuser (who committed suicide in 2012) recently told Variety that it "tormented my sister to see [Parker] thrive while she was still struggling."

When he appeared on Monday's Good Morning America, Parker said he "feels terribly" about the situation but made it clear he was not going to apologize. He told Robin Roberts:

"I was falsely accused… I was proven innocent and I'm not going to apologize for that."

The 36-year-old explained that the conversation should instead be focused on his historic film, especially at a time when Americans need to take a look at the "systemic things" that need to be fixed in our country. He continued:

"I think the important thing, you know, is this isn't about me. The story of Nat Turner as an American, as American people, the story about a man who was erased from history, at some point. I think that's where our focus should be."

Can YOU put Parker's accusations out of your mind?

Ch-ch-check out the full interview (below) to see what Parker had to say!

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