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.
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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.
As for Jean, he was found guilty of sexual assault and was subsequently sentenced to six-months in prison.
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