Mel Gibson is defending his fellow controversial celeb.
For those of you who may not remember, filmmaker Nate Parker was accused of rape back when he was still a student at Penn State.
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While on trial for the alleged sexual assault, a jury ultimately acquitted the artist.
However, the story resurfaced this year, when his film The Birth Of A Nation was released. Many people called for a boycott of the film, but the 60-year-old is now saying that is "unfair."
In The Hollywood Reporter's Directors Roundtable, Mel stood up for the 37-year-old, exclaiming:
"I don't think it's fair. He was cleared of all that stuff. And it was years ago. You have to follow the system there. I think he's innocent of all that stuff. The fact that he has to live with that stigma, and that it affects the art he does, is unfair."
We aren't entirely surprised Mr. Gibson is supporting Nate, considering he is a scandalized star himself.
And, while Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair also believes a filmmaker's personal and professional lives should be separate, she noted the movie's subject matter almost reflected the past scandal, saying:
"I think yes, the art should be separated. But in this case, it was ironic that at the heart of Birth of a Nation was the nature of what he was linked with [a rape of the lead character's wife]. That was, I think, what created ambiguity and confusion in the eyes of the audience."
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