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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