Magazine article Screen International

Nate Parker Addresses Past in '60 Minutes' Interview

Magazine article Screen International

Nate Parker Addresses Past in '60 Minutes' Interview

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"I don't feel guilty", said the film's director, star, co-writer and producer when Anderson Cooper asked whether he felt any guilt over the encounter he and the film's co-writer Jean Celestin had with an unnamed woman while they attended Penn State University.

Parker and Celestin - both fellow wrestlers on the university team at the time - have admitted they had sex with the accuser on the fateful occasion but maintain it was consensual.

The woman had said she had had a prior consensual encounter with Parker and claimed that on the night that sparked the accusation she had consumed a lot of alcohol.

Parker was tried and acquitted of rape in 2001. Celestin was convicted in a ruling that was subsequently overturned.

Cooper asked the filmmaker whether he felt he had done anything morally wrong.

"As a Christian man, just being in that situation, yeah, sure," said Parker. "I'm 36 years old right now. And my faith is very important to me, you know, so looking back through that lens, I definitely feel like... it's not the lens that I had when I was 19 years old."

Parker said he had no idea that his accuser had killed herself in 2012, a development that become widely known after a report appeared in Variety in August.

Cooper then noted that the filmmaker has not apologised to the accuser's family, which Parker appeared to affirm.

Cooper asked: "Do you feel you have anything to apologise for?"

Parker replied: "I'll say this, you know, I do think it's tragic, so much of what's happened. And the fact that the family's had to endure with respect to this woman not being here. …

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