Nate Parker‘s name elevated to household status, when he secured an unprecedented deal with Fox Searchlight for 17.6 million dollars for his slave biopic, “Birth Of A Nation.”
With new found mainstream fame and anticipation over his Nat Turner film, his 1999 rape case–of which he was cleared of all charges for– was dug out of the closet by major media outlets.
The actor sat down with Variety and described the experience as painful, but something he had moved on from:
“Seventeen years ago, I experienced a very painful moment in my life,” Parker told Variety. “It resulted in it being litigated. I was cleared of it. That’s that. Seventeen years later, I’m a filmmaker. I have a family. I have five beautiful daughters. I have a lovely wife. I get it. The reality is, I can’t relive 17 years ago. All I can do is be the best man I can be now.”
But with those words came a slew of more questions, with reporters digging further and further into the story.
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that his accuser was dead—the woman, whose name has not been released, committed suicide back in 2012 by swallowing over 200 sleeping pills.
This new detail was shocking not only to the world, but to Nate Parker, who went on Facebook to address the controversy.
He reiterates that he is a family man and a man of faith many times, and also expresses regret over how he treated his accuser as a college student:
Time will tell if this skeleton haunts the entire reception of the film and Nate’s reputation as a actor, producer, and leader going forward.
1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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