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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:

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Gabrielle Union Pens Powerful Op-Ed After Learning About The Birth Of A Nation Director Nate Parker's Rape Accusation

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Gabrielle Union recently learned about an unsettling scandal surrounding the director she worked with on The Birth Of A Nation.

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, the actress opens up about learning Nate Parker stood trial for rape allegations back in 2001.

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The filmmaker and his college roommate — and Nation cowriter — Jean Celestin had been charged with the 1999 rape of a woman who claimed she was intoxicated and unconscious, while both men attest it was consensual.

The director was ultimately acquitted; the accuser committed suicide four years ago.

Union, who is a rape survivor herself, was very upset when she discovered the allegations last month, writing:

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The Birth Of A Nation Director Nate Parker 'Filled With Profound Sorrow' In Response To Rape Accuser's Suicide

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As you may be aware, The Birth of a Nation director and star Nate Parker recently faced a bit of heat from the press when he had to address rape charges from 17 years ago. To make matters worse, it just came to light that the woman who accused Parker of sexual assault committed suicide a few years back!

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Nate and his Penn State college roommate, Jean Celestin, were both accused of raping a fellow student and in 2001 the director was tried but acquitted after it was revealed that he had a consensual sexual relationship with the woman before the night of the incident in question. As for Mr. Parker's buddy, he was sentenced to six months in prison, but appealed the decision and was ultimately let off the hook.

Just recently, the victim's brother came forward and spoke about his thoughts on the trial and how it affected his sister and lead to her death.

Well now the actor and director has broken his silence after apparently learning for the first time that his accuser had killed herself. In an honest Facebook note, he penned:

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Woman Who Accused Birth Of A Nation Director Nate Parker Of Rape Committed Suicide — Her Brother Speaks Out For The First Time

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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.

Related: The Stanford Rapist's Victim Speaks Out

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."

So disgusting.

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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Kit Harington, Chris Evans, & More Stars Pay Tribute To Prince's 58th Birthday By Performing His Iconic Hits! Watch!

Everyone lived Prince!

While it's sad to celebrate the singer's 58th birthday on June 7 without him, it's comforting to know that he touched so many lives while he was on earth.

Related: Relive Prince's Most Eccentric Moments!

In honor of the creative's special day, W Magazine collaborated with celebs like Kit Harington, Chris Evans, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nate Parker, and Elle Fanning to pay homage to the Minnesota native's amazing life and legacy through some AMAZING karaoke. Let's just say we're still recovering from Evans' adorable interpretation of Diamonds and Pearls!

To make the bittersweet tributes even more poignant, some stars like Cindy Crawford took the opportunity to relive their favorite memories of the star.

Check out the compilation (above) and even more sweet tribute videos (below)!

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The Movie Everyone Is Talking About! See The First Trailer For The Birth Of A Nation HERE!

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The Birth Of A Nation broke Sundance records back in January, selling for a $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight after an incredibly auspicious premiere.

Writer/director/star Nate Parker's retelling of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner is so powerful, it's already garnered a lot of buzz for next year's Oscars!

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So what is everyone so hyped about?

Get a look at the first teaser trailer for the epic story (below)!

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