Nate Parker is once again trending on Twitter, with Parker’s interview about a rape trial sparking more tragic details about the woman who accused Nate of sexual assault coming to light. As reported by the Inquisitr, Parker was accused of rape when he was a wrestler at Penn State in 1999.
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Now a new interview with Variety sheds light on what Parker’s rape accuser’s brother says his sister experienced while she was a student at Penn State with Nate. The publication spoke with the alleged rape victim’s brother — a man who would only agree to have his first name, Johnny, published in order to protect his late sister’s wish to remain anonymous.
Johnny told the publication that his sister’s life went in a downward spiral after the alleged sexual assault, with the woman eventually killing herself when she was a 30-year-old in 2012. Johnny said that his sister went from a friendly and vivacious young woman before entering Penn State to one who claimed she was harassed by Parker and Jean Celestin — Nate’s roommate — who was found guilty of sexual assault. Jean won a retrial for his rape conviction, which was overturned on appeal because the alleged rape victim did not want to testify at another trial. The rape victim claimed Nate and Jean stalked her and were angry that she went to authorities to report the alleged sexual assault.
Ultimately, the alleged rape victim killed herself by taking sleeping pills.
As reported by Deadline, the harrowing event and Nate’s response to rape case is what has put the spotlight back on Parker’s rape trials from years ago. Reading the statements of the made by the prosecutor in Parker’s rape trial along with court documents that show Nate’s defense lawyer’s closing statements and more of Parker’s defense attorneys statements give readers more insight as to what happened during the alleged sexual assault.
The timing of Nate’s rape trial is something his rape accuser’s brother thinks helped Parker escape jail. Johnny believes that Parker got off and was acquitted in 2001 because of the culture of Penn State at the time — one that he says favored athletes and didn’t necessarily take rape accusations as seriously as the university should have taken his sister’s rape accusations.
“He may have litigated out of any kind of situation. My position is he got off on a technicality.”
Despite Johnny’s beliefs, his sister’s death cannot directly be linked to Parker’s rape trial — even though the rape accuser told the court that she had already attempted suicide twice by that point, following the alleged rape.
Johnny said that his sister experienced depression in the wake of the alleged rape — and Variety says that the woman’s death certificate indeed noted extreme depression with post-traumatic stress disorder because of sexual abuse and other issues.
“[Parker’s rape accuser had a] major depressive disorder with psychotic features, PTSD due to physical and sexual abuse, polysubstance abuse….”
The rape accuser’s brother points to the sexual assault incident and the rape trial as the period that dramatically changed her life for the worse. It is not known if the sexual abuse noted in the death certificate relates specifically to Parker and Celestin’s rape trial or other alleged sexual abuse.
Johnny described the changes he said he saw his sister undergo before, during, and after the alleged rape and sexual assault trial.
“If I were to look back at her very short life and point to one moment where I think she changed as a person, it was obviously that point. The trial was pretty tough for her. She was afraid for her life. I think by today’s legal standards, a lot has changed with regards to universities and the laws in sexual assault. I feel certain if this were to happen in 2016, the outcome would be different than it was. Courts are a lot stricter about this kind of thing. You don’t touch someone who is so intoxicated — period.”
“She was trying to find happiness. She moved around frequently and tried to hold a job. She had a boyfriend. She gave birth to a young boy. That brought her a good bit of happiness. I think the ghosts continued to haunt her. I must admit Penn State has a horrendous record. And Jerry Sandusky is just the tip of the iceberg. The University has a history of protecting [athletes].”
The rape accuser got $17,500 from Penn State as a settlement.
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