“The Birth of a Nation” star Nate Parker wants to move past his decades old sexual assault case from his college days. The allegation has overshadowed the forthcoming release and buzz surrounding his film about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion that Parker spent eight years creating.
“I was falsely accused,” Parker said on “Good Morning America.” “I was proven innocent and I’m not going to apologize for that.”
Parker sat down with “60 Minutes” on Sunday and spoke with Anderson Cooper about the case that resurfaced in the news back in August. Nate maintained his innocence and refused to apologize.
“I do think [her death] is tragic … I was falsely accused. I went to court. I sat in trial. I was vindicated,” Parker said as he wept. “I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here. I feel terrible that her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is no.”
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On Monday, Parker sat down with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America” and he seemed to be a little agitated by her questions regarding the case. When Roberts remarked that people were taken aback by his lack of remorse, Parker replied “And who are we talking about?”
When Roberts referred specifically to the now deceased accuser’s family, Parker replied: “You know I was just on 60 Minutes, we talked about it and we’re three days out, I think the important thing is, this isn’t about me.”
“I was falsely accused,” he added. “I was proven innocent and I’m not going to apologize for that.”
“The Birth of a Nation” arrives in theaters Oct. 7.