Nate Parker is unapologetic when it comes to the 1999 sexual assault allegations he was vindicated of in court.
Speaking for the first time on television about the case, “The Birth Of A Nation” writer, director and star joins Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” where he addresses the backlash he faced while promoting his film. In excerpts from the interview, which will air on Sunday, Parker says he was “falsely accused” and has nothing to apologize for.
“I was falsely accused… I went to court… I was vindicated,” Parker tells Cooper. Speaking of the unidentified girl, who committed suicide years later in 2012, he says, “I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here… her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology – no.”
When asked if he thinks he did something wrong, however, Parker says, “As a Christian man… just being in that situation, yeah, sure. I am 36-years-old right now… my faith is very important to me… so looking back through that lens… it’s not the lens I had when I was 19-years-old.”
In light of his allegations, many filmgoers have boycotted “The Birth Of A Nation”, which follows the 1831 Virginia slave rebellion. But, Parker encourages people to do otherwise and support the film. He says, “I think that Nat Turner, as a hero, what he did in history, is bigger than me. I think it’s bigger than all of us.”
ET Canada’s Roz Weston spoke about the Nate Parker controversy during the Toronto International Film Festival.