While a 1999 rape accusation and the accuser’s subsequent suicide eclipsed the buzz over his critically acclaimed film “Birth of a Nation”, star/director Nate Parker is now facing more charges of inappropriate sexual misconduct during his college years at Penn State.
According to the New York Times, the accusations were uncovered in connection with the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office’s investigation into disgraced former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of sexually abusing numerous underage boys. As the Times notes, one of three former university officials charged with failing to report Sandusky’s serial molestation was also involved with how the university handled the complaint against Parker.
In the unearthed complaint, a female student was working as a trainer for the Penn State wrestling team when she made a complaint that Parker was paying “unwanted attention” to her, which culminated in her claim that while giving Parker a “routine back treatment” he rolled over and exposed his genitals to her.
“I was shaken,” the accuser told the Times. “I was crying.”
Although the accuser met with officials in the athletic department, she ultimately decided not to file any formal charges, adding: “It was my decision not to report.” Parker, adds the Times, was reportedly not reprimanded for his alleged behaviour.
Meanwhile, Parker’s attorney says the actor/writer/director vehemently denies the charge. “This is the first Mr. Parker has ever heard of this,” Parker’s lawyer David J. Matlof told the Times. “He recognizes the seriousness of the issue, but this claim is completely untrue.”
In addition, the Times points out that Parker will face no legal ramifications from this accusation, which has no direct connection to the state’s case against the Penn State officials who allegedly hid Sandusky’s heinous crimes.