Nate Parker’s Facebook Reply To Rape Accuser’s Suicide: 480 Words, But No Apology

Nate Parker has finally responded on Facebook to all of the melee swirling around the actor. As reported by The Inquisitr, Parker went on trial, accused of rape, along with his Birth of a Nation co-writer, Jean Celestin. The harrowing court documents from the rape trial read like a movie, with accusations of Parker and Celestin “running a train” on the alleged rape victim, who admitted drinking to the point of getting drunk — but trusted Parker to take care of her, since they’d had a previous sexual encounter. Nate was cleared of sexual assault charges — and Celestin’s sexual assault conviction was eventually overturned.

As reported by Variety, Nate’s rape accuser experienced a downward spiral in her life after the rape trial, which ended with the woman eventually killing herself.

The Daily Beast notes that the woman swallowed 199 sleeping pills, ending a life that had experienced plenty of heartbreak. The publication pored over the rape trial’s court documents, as well as the statements from witnesses who recalled the night the alleged rape occurred. The picture was painted of a night in August 1999 that contained plenty of alcohol, as well as conflicting reports from all those involved.

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The rape accuser admitted agreeing to going on a date with Nate — and when Parker finally showed up at midnight, the rape accuser had already been plied with Sex on the Beach drinks from other men. A shot followed, along with lots of moving around that ended with Parker, Jean, and the rape accuser eventually at Nate and Jean’s place. Whereas one witness claimed that Jean and another man saw Parker having sex with the rape accuser then said Nate waved the two men in to also “hit it” — a slang term for having sex found in the court documents — with one of the men refusing and Jean choosing to go in the room — Parker’s testimony differed.

The woman said that a campaign of harassment followed — and charged Parker and Jean with hiring a private detective who showed her photo to people across Penn State’s campus, resulting in members of the Black Caucus screaming at the woman and calling her names. Eventually, all three at the center of the rape case left Penn State.

Now Nate has replied on Facebook to all the social media backlash after radio silence for days.

Around midnight on Tuesday, August 16, Parker published a 480-word Facebook post finally addressing the rape accuser’s plight. Nate wrote that the Facebook post contained his own words that were written straight from the heart.

“These are my words. Written from my heart and not filtered through a third party gaze. Please read these separate from any platform I may have, but from me as a fellow human being. I write to you all devastated…

“Over the last several days, a part of my past – my arrest, trial and acquittal on charges of sexual assault – has become a focal point for media coverage, social media speculation and industry conversation. I understand why so many are concerned and rightfully have questions. These issues of a women’s right to be safe and of men and women engaging in healthy relationships are extremely important to talk about, however difficult. And more personally, as a father, a husband, a brother and man of deep faith, I understand how much confusion and pain this incident has had on so many, most importantly the young woman who was involved.

“I myself just learned that the young woman ended her own life several years ago and I am filled with profound sorrow…I can’t tell you how hard it is to hear this news.”

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Nate went on to write that he couldn’t help but think of the rape accuser’s family. He called their sexual encounter “unambiguously consensual,” but notes that he should have taken a higher moral ground. Parker’s Facebook post is receiving plenty of comments, with one popular Facebook comment noting that Parker did not apologize.

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