Nate Parker sat down with Anderson Cooper for an exclusive interview on “60 Minutes,” where he talks about his Nat Turner film, The Birth of a Nation, and the rape allegations that threaten the success of the film as well as his career in Hollywood.
17 years ago, when he was a student at Penn State, Nate and his roommate were accused of raping a woman. Nate was found not guilty in a court of law, but he is now standing trial in the court of public opinion as many, including his co-star Gabrielle Union, find themselves torn especially after learning the accuser committed suicide in 2012.
During is sit down with Anderson, Nate became overwhelmed with emotion as he explained why he has not issued an apology to the accuser’s family.
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. But I do– I also think that– you know, and I don’t want to harp on this and I don’t want to be disrespectful of them at all. You know, but, you know, at some point I have to say it. You know, I was falsely accused. You know, I went to court. And I sat in trial. You know, I was vinc– I was– I was vindicated. I was proven innocent. I was vindicated. And I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here. You know, I feel terrible that, you know, her family had to deal with that. But as I sit here, an apology is– no.
Watch the full interview below.
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