*With his film “The Birth of a Nation” set to het theaters Oct. 7, beleaguered writer-director-star Nate Parker is set to appear on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Anderson Cooper will handle the interview for a segment due to air this Sunday.
Parker, whose film centers on the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831, has been under fire since speaking in several interviews about a 1999 trial in which he and “The Birth of a Nation” co-writer Jean Celestin were accused of raping a classmate at Penn State.
Parker, who maintained the sex was consensual, was acquitted, while Celestin was convicted. (Celestin’s case was overturned on appeal.)
“60 Minutes” reportedly booked the Parker interview months ago, before the controversy jumped off, but Cooper is sure to ask Parker about the resurfaced details of the case. The interview will be Parker’s first major television appearance on behalf of the film.
Parker appeared with his cast for a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and held a press conference at which he deflected questions about his past to focus on the film. But a screening and panel at the AFI were canceled and several media outlets (including THR) were not permitted to attend the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week.