CBS has released a clip from Nate Parker’s 60 Minutes interview, airing this Sunday.

“I don’t feel guilty,” he told Anderson Cooper in his first television interview about the 1999 rape case that resurfaced this summer just as buzz surrounding his film The Birth of a Nation was reaching its peak.

Parker also said, according to a press release from the show: “I was falsely accused… I went to court… I was vindicated. I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here… her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is – no.”

The filmmaker, who co-wrote, directed and stars in the film about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, says it would be unfortunate if people avoided the film because of the incident, according to 60 Minutes.

The controversy amplified when it became known that the woman, whom 60 Minutes does not identify, who accused Parker and his former classmate and Birth of a Nation co-writer Jean Celestin of rape committed suicide in 2012.

“I think that Nat Turner, as a hero, what he did in history, is bigger than me. I think it’s bigger than all of us,” Parker said in the interview.

After Cooper asked him whether he thought he did something morally wrong in 1999, Parker said, “As a Christian man… just being in that situation, yeah, sure. I am 36 years old right now… my faith is very important to me… so looking back through that lens… it’s not the lens I had when I was 19 years old.”

The interview airs this Sunday on CBS at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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7 thoughts on “Nate Parker Says He Was Wrongly Accused On ’60 Minutes’

  1. this is all a ploy to deflect our attention from Birth of A Nation. You see, when has America really recognized a movie of slavery without digging into one of the writer’s or actor’s past and make allegations or bring up their past. Doesn’t want to admit that America was built by the hands of Africans. Nat Parker, a rapist, Woody Allen, movie great. America.

  2. Why does Nate Parker and other African-American men disproportionately have to defend themselves from rape allegations, when others, such as Amy Schumer, are given a societal pass? Schumer admitted during a speech that she had sex with a college student while he was too intoxicated to know what was going on. Yet she does not have to defend her conduct.

    Source: “Wait A Second, Did Amy Schumer Rape a Guy.” Thought Catalog, May 5, 2014. (Schumer’s speech at Ms. Foundation for Gloria Awards).

  3. Hadassah on said:

    Just because no one held Woody Allen accountable does not that Nate Parker should not be held. Nate got off on a technicality so legally he was acquitted but that does not mean what he did was right. And he is such sorry man that he won’t even apologize. What a punk.

  4. So obvious to me, that a smear campaign is taking place, in order to keep this movie from being a box office success. To all of those who are all over Nate Parker’s behind, I say…”Where is the outrage directed toward Woody Allen”? His behavior has been disgusting, yet he remains the darling of the Hollywood elite. The same ones who are criticizing Mr. Parker just can’t wait to be “chosen” for a Woody Allen movie. Hmmm…..

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