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Mel Gibson Defends The Birth Of A Nation Director Nate Parker Over Alleged Rape Controversy

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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.

Related: Gabrielle Union Pens Op-Ed About Nate's Rape Accusation

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:

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Gabrielle Union Gets Lost In Lace At The Birth Of A Nation Premiere

Gabrielle Union attends Birth of a Nation LA premiere.

Hmm, we're not sure we're feeling this.

Gabrielle Union got bridal at the Los Angeles premiere of The Birth of a Nation Wednesday.

Related: Gabrielle Pens Powerful Op-Ed About Nate Parker's Rape Accusation

The actress chose a frilly white gown with thigh slit and lace embellishments throughout, but it looked more like a craft project than a professionally made gown.

There was just too much going on! And it kind of seemed like curtains, tbh.

Of course she looked gorgeous and ageless as usual — that's one thing that'll probably never change!

Dwyane Wade is a lucky, lucky dude.

[Image via WENN.]

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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.

Related: Stanford Rapist Brock Turner Released From Prison After Only 3 Months

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!

Related: Kesha Drops New York Sexual Assault Charges Against Dr. Luke

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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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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