Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People: Nate Parker Wants to Refocus Us on 'Birth of a Nation, but '60 Minutes' Interview Won't Help

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People: Nate Parker Wants to Refocus Us on 'Birth of a Nation, but '60 Minutes' Interview Won't Help

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Nate Parker feels no guilt about rape case

As the Oct. 7 theatrical release of "The Birth of a Nation" approaches, filmmaker Nate Parker has been running damage control, urgently trying to tamp down the growing controversy surrounding his 1999 rape case and refocus the public's attention on his forthcoming historical epic.

But a new "60 Minutes" interview, set to air Sunday on CBS, doesn't seem likely to help him accomplish that goal.

In his first televised appearance since the scandal erupted in mid-August, Parker makes two things very clear: He does not feel guilty about what happened 17 years ago, and he has no plans to apologize to his accuser's family.

Parker was a sophomore at Penn State when he and his roommate Jean McGianni Celestin, who co-wrote "Birth of a Nation," were charged with the rape of an 18-year-old freshman, who said she had passed out after drinking and was unconscious when the two men assaulted her. …

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