By Jake Coyle, AP
NEW YORK–In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Nate Parker was unapologetic for a 17-year-old rape case that has surrounded his film, “The Birth of a Nation.”
In excerpts from the interview to air Sunday shared exclusively with The Associated Press on Thursday, Parker said he was “falsely accused” and declined to make any apology. The woman who made the accusation killed herself in 2012.
Her sister, Sharon Loeffler, published a column in the trade paper Variety on Thursday, blasting Parker and “Nation” collaborator Jean Celestin for their role in her sister’s life and for including a fictional rape scene in their film.
Loeffler said she was very close to her sister and feels “a duty to speak on her behalf.” “Nate Parker caused her so much pain, and that pain and anger are still raw for me,” she writes.
Parker maintains in the “60 Minutes” interview that the accusations were unwarranted.
“I was falsely accused … I went to court … I was vindicated,” he says. “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.”
In the interview, Anderson Cooper presses Parker on whether he did something morally wrong.
“As a Christian man … just being in that situation, yeah, sure,” says Parker. “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.”